|posted on May 26, 2020|
June has been proclaimed Orca Action Month in BC, WA and Oregon in order to continue the needed protection for endangered orcas. Throughout the month Lifeforce will be emailing information about the protection that have been accomplished and what still needs to be done! We will also be on the water educating boaters about safe and respectful operations around orcas.
In remembrance of the past decades of orca protection work Lifeforce is providing our historic information through our heart warming story of what can be achieved!
Orca: A Family Story
In 1993 I wrote about the plight of orcas captured for the aquarium industry. In this fictional story I focused on the untold tale of survival by the Northern Resident Killer Whales (NRKWs). I wrote about how a reunion of “Corky” and “Yaka” with their family could be accomplished after life in aquarium prisons. I hoped for the family’s joy of being together again. Sadly, Yaka passed away in captivity and organizations continue to try to Free Corky!
The story is based on scientific and historic documentation of the A5 pod. You will learn about their complex social structure and how they live together for their entire lives if not captured. It includes a lot of historic information for those who continue or begin to take actions to protect those who cannot protect themselves.
Please Help Lifeforce Raise Money For Orca Protection!
During Orca Action Month Lifeforce will be offering the book for $20 including postage. ($20 CAN in Canada, $20 US in the US and Other Countries). Please Contact Lifeforce at firstname.lastname@example.org when you send your payment to Lifeforce Foundation through Paypal. PAYPAL DONATIONS.
All book sales and donations will go directly to the nearly 40 years of successful Lifeforce Campaigns that have helped orcas. We are all volunteers to Help Save the Orca Families!
|posted on May 8, 2020|
In every country there are countless mothers and families in harm’s way every day! How people eat, entertain and experiment can bring sufferings to other sentient beings with whom we share this planet!
Lifeforce hopes you will sign and share these petitions:
No More Experiments on Wild Orcas!
ORCA EXPERIMENTS PETITION.
Let Gorillas Be Free from Experiments and Close Up Tourism!
LET GORILLAS BE.
Raise A Stink to Protect People, Animals and Ecosystems!
Your valued moral and financial support would be greatly appreciated. You can help by making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through Paypal:
LIFEFORCE DONATION. or by mail: Lifeforce, Box 3117, Vancouver, BC V6B 3X6...
|posted on May 3, 2020|
Lifeforce is an ecology organization formed in 1981 to raise public awareness of the interrelationship of issues impacting people, animals and the environment. For many years we have raised issues about sewage treatment plants on the Fraser River and elsewhere. We told Canadian Governments that it continues to pollute orca habitats and threatens salmon that is a vital food source for Southern Resident Killer Whales.
Governments must protect fragile ecosystems decimated from the land and ocean dumping in Canada and US! Failure to do so will continue to harm and destroy ecosystems for all life!
Lifeforce is urging governments to Stop Sewage Pollution Threats to People, Animals and Ecosystems! They must take immediate actions to upgrade all sewage treatment plants to the most effective Tertiary Sewage Treatment!
Lifeforce also urges you to write to Your Local, Provincial and Federal Politicians! Demand that they Protect the Health of Humans, Animals and Ecosystems!
Please Sign and Share: Let's Raise a Stink Petition!
|posted on April 22, 2020|
The Vancouver Aquarium is trying to raise money during this Covid-19 pandemic to stay in business. The zoo and aquarium animal industries must be phased out! The so called “animal ambassadors” for “conservation” have not protected wild populations that are rapidly declining. Instead of spending never ending millions of dollars on animal prisons the money must be spent on saving natural habitats!
Please Sign and Share this Important Petition:
No More Animal Prisons!
|posted on April 20, 2020|
Experiments on endangered 72 Southern Resident Killer Whales continue year round. Decades of experiments on them have not saved them!
The SRKWs and others can be saved by combating the known threats, such as lack of food, boat traffic and pollution:
1. Increasing Education such as the Marine Mammal Regulations and Be Whale Wise.
2. Increasing DFO Enforcement Officers to combat the vessel noise and harassment from commercial, private and research vessels.
3. Increasing DFO enforcement of fishing regulations, fishing moratoriums and illegal practises (such as derelict fishing gear that can entrap and injure cetaceans) to help in the recovery of decimated salmon and the broken ocean web of life.
4. Eliminating ocean pollution with maximum levels of BC wide sewage treatment plant upgrades. Trying to save money with cheaper treatment levels would not clean up the present and future life threatening levels of pollution.
Will Orcas be Saved or Studied to Death?
See SOS to Stop Orca Suffering Petition: PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE THE STOP
ORCAS SUFFERING PETITION.
For further Information: Lifeforce: email@example.com
|posted on April 20, 2020|
World Day 2020 Part 2
|posted on April 20, 2020|
World Day 2020 Part 1
|posted on March 27, 2020|
Nature’s Moments for You!
Enjoy nature in the comfort of your home as we all work together to end the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the first Nature's Moments and others can be found on the Lifeforce Ocean Friends Facebook (link below).
Watch the beauty of orcas, humpbacks, porpoises, seals, sea lions, marine birds and other wildlife around the Salish Sea off Vancouver Island, BC.
Nature's Moments is a series of wildlife programs based on the research and education campaigns by Lifeforce Ocean Friends. It is a volunteer community program with Shaw TV North Island that we produced in 2017. (Ocean Friends Ocean Friends Facebook.)
You can enjoy all nine programs at: Nature's Moments for You!
Ocean Friends is a volunteer program and your memberships and donations help us continue our research and education programs. Your support helps raise public awareness of the need to respect and protect endangered wildlife. To make a donation see Support Lifeforce.
Lifeforce hopes Nature’s Moments will give individuals and families some moments of happiness until Covid-19 ends. We all can have peace of mind knowing that it will end!
For further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
|posted on March 11, 2020|
March 11, 2020
To: Canada and US Governments
Re: Covid-19 Transmissions to and from Domestic and Wild Animals!
Containment and health protection plans must include the possibility of Covid-19 being transmitted to and from animals. In late February, Hong Kong authorities quarantined a dog tested positive multiple times. The dog’s owner had tested positive for Covid-19.
Containment plans should include crowds and animal/human contact at public aquariums, zoos, petting zoos, pet stores, animal shelters etc. And also in animal business such as animal food production farms, animal auctions, slaughter houses, meat packing plants, etc..
Virus prevention methods recommended for people should also apply to animal companions. For example, since dogs can be in public areas information similar to hand washing for people could help them and their owners. Species specific protocols must also be developed.
The Lifeforce Foundation hopes that these possible types of transmissions will be part of containment and health protection plans to protect all life.
Urgent New Petition: Covid-19 and Other Threats to Gorillas!
Re: Stopping Human Diseases and Poaching!
In view of the world wide spread of the Covid-19 virus and other life threatening infectious diseases it is time to end the close up gorilla photography encounters by international tourists! For decades the gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda have become sick and even died as a result of exposure to human diseases! And there is still a Black Market for live gorilla “pets” and dead gorillas’ for “trophies”.
Please Sign and Share: Threats To Gorillas Petition.
For Further Information: email@example.com
|posted on March 9, 2020|
Urgent New Petition: Covid-19 and Other Threats to Gorillas!
Re: Stopping Human Diseases and Poaching!
In view of the world wide spread of the Covid-19 virus and other life threatening infectious diseases it is time to end the close up gorilla photography encounters by international tourists! For decades the gorillas in Rwanda and Uganda have become sick and even died as a result of exposure to human diseases! And here is still a Black Market for live gorilla “pets” and dead gorillas’ for “trophies”.
Please Sign and Share: Covid-19 and Other Threats to Gorillas!Petition
|posted on February 27, 2020|
February 26, 2020
Re: Herring Fisherman Charged for Bombing Sea Lions!
Stop the Cruel Herring Fishery and the Seal Hunt! Phone or Write Your Local Politicians!
A Lifeforce investigation discovered that DFO decided to lay charges against one herring fisherman for the inhumane, senseless bombing of sea lions in March 2019 during the herring fishery. Allan Marsden is facing three counts under the Fisheries Act and Explosives Act. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 26th.
A video showing him tossing an explosive at sea lions sparked mass controversy! The video showed a callous disrespect for wildlife. They were not fishing or being “threaten” by the sea lions. They threw the seal bomb into a large group and laughed about it saying “that was awesome”!
“Seal bombs” can cause serious physical harm including deafness, eye damage and life threatening injuries. Especially when thrown directly at the victims. Even at greater distances orcas and humpbacks could have been harmed.
When fishermen net herring it will obviously attract seals and sea lions. Then more inhumane bombings and shootings! In view of this information, the 2020 Herring Fishery should be cancelled in order to prevent further marine wildlife abuses and the extinction of this herring population.
DFO should be commended for enforcing wildlife violations under the Marine Mammal Regulations. DFO must also take further action by not permitting any West Coast Seal and Sea Lion Slaughter! The renamed “Pacific Balance Marine Management” still wants to kill tens of thousands of seals and sea lions. The seals and sea lions would be inhumanely clubbed, shot (rifles and shotguns) and harpooned by crossbows! More senseless abuse and slaughter!
As DFO states: “It is illegal to disturb seals, sea lions or other marine mammals. This includes the use of acoustic deterrents such as seal bombs or other explosives. If anyone witnesses a disturbance to marine mammals in BC, please report it to DFO at 1-800-465-4336.”
Say Yes to Herring and Other Fishing Moratoriums or Lose Them Forever!
Say No to Seal and Sea Lion Slaughter!
More information at this Petition!
Say No to Seal and Sea Lion Slaughter!
For Further Information: Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce firstname.lastname@example.org
|posted on February 1, 2020|
DFO approved again a 20% harvest rate that would decimate this herring population! The roe fishery could start in late Feb or early March.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) confirmed that the Pacific herring population dropped by approximately 1/3 between 2016 and 2019, and will drop by more than 50% by 2020.
Pacific herring is the basis of the food web that supports salmon, orcas, humpbacks, cod and halibut, seabirds and many other species!
Please Sign this Petition to the Government of Canada!
HERRING FISHERY PROTEST!
Support the Lifeforce Cetacean Campaigns!
Donate at www.lifeforcefoundation.org
HUMPBACKS NEED HERRING!
|posted on January 29, 2020|
Sewage and Recycling Campaign: Let’s Raise A Stink For Saving Earth!
Lifeforce is continuing our campaigns about Sewage, Recycling and Being Healthy! Funds must be spent now NOT over the next 30 years!
Here is part of our correspondence with local governments in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island where there is a lot of pollution! There have also been countless other polluters! In 2018 the herring fleet illegally dumped sewage that contaminated shell fish and people got sick from the norovirus (Probable cause as determined by BC Center for Disease Control). No fines were issued.
To: Mayor and Council:
Thank you for your response to our concerns about adequate sewage treatment and recycling plans in order to protect the health of people, animals and ecosystems.
Our main points:
1. “Drastic reductions” are not good enough! All Sewage Treatment Plants must be at the highest “Tertiary” Levels in order to remove all deadly pollutants (such as pharmaceuticals and micro plastics) from the ever growing human populations! The plan must be to remove 100%. If you wouldn’t “swim in it” think of wildlife that has no choices! ...Stop treating oceans as sewage dumps!
2. All Recycling Programs must include all plastics, Styrofoam etc... Promote the Goal of “If it can’t be Recycled then Don’t Make It!”
Lifeforce looks forward to discussing ways to make local sewage treatment and recycling one of the best in the world!
For A Better Planet,
Write to Your Local, Provincial and Federal Politicians! Demand that they Protect the Health of Humans, Animals and Ecosystems Now!
|posted on January 19, 2020|
Chinese New Years > Jan 25 – Feb 8th
Why China Must Start To Recognize Animal Rights! Updated!
China violates the rights of people and animals.
The recent outbreak of the coronavirus is an example how the illegal trade of animals not only exploits numerous species but threatens human health.
Chinese authorities say the outbreak occurred in a “wet market” and the virus came from animals being sold illegally.
After the 2003 SARS outbreak, there was some crackdown on selling live birds including chicken and ducks. Presently one store at this market had almost 50 different kinds of species of wild animals being sold. Markets sell live dogs, wolf pups, civet cats, hedgehogs, peacocks, wild rabbits, snakes, otters, camels, koalas, deer and crocodiles. Animals are slaughter in front of customers.
Although the markets are breeding grounds for viruses, it is a symbol of wealth as they are expensive and rare. In traditional Chinese medicine it is believed that it can improve health but no scientific proof!
A “Wet” Market Ban is Needed!
Here are only a few of the reasons that they must also respect Animal Rights!:
1. Cetacean Captivity: While other countries are banning cetacean captivity China is increasing it with numerous aquariums and zoos.
2017: China’s First Killer Whale Breeding Center: CHINA ORCA BREEDING!
2. Despicable China Shopping Mall - Guangzhou Zhengjia Polar Ocean World
The bear has been described by International Media as the “Saddest Polar Bear in the World”! Recent photos and videos show the four belugas languishing at the bottom of the pool:
CHINA MALL ZOO!
3. China’s Over Fishing Wars!
In September 2017, a retired US Navy Admiral said that Beijing was spending hundreds of millions of dollars annually to subsidize its long-range fishing fleet and that its coast guard often escorts those ships while they fish illegally. In September 2018, a US Coast Guard Commander wrote that "the odds that a squabble over fishing rights could turn into a major armed conflict are rising."
CHINA FISHING WAR.
China's "insatiable appetite" for seafood is straining the limited abilities of South American countries to enforce their maritime boundaries. Countries on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts have been affected, and most of the illicit fishing activity in those areas is done by Chinese vessels. CHINA OVERFISHING!
4. China’s other “insatiable appetite” for pork decimates fish populations for “fishmeal” that is fed to pigs on their mega farms! FISH FOR PIGS!
China’s Swine Flu lethal problems. It has been particularly devastating in China – home to the world’s largest pig population. CHINA LARGEST SICK PIG POPULATION
5. Shark Finning for a “Chinese Delicacy”!
Billions of sharks continue to be killed! The reason is shark fin soup that is a highly popular ancient Chinese delicacy! CHINA SHARK FINNING INDUSTRY
6. The Beijing Federation of Trade Unions will hold a circus performance at the Beijing Workers Stadium from January 27th to 29th. Performances include black bear, monkey, lion, parrot, peacock and other animal shows.
Petitions are rare in mainland China. Please help to support this activist group stop the circus abuses by signing! The Petition deadline is January 20, 2020. STOP CHINA CIRCUS PETITION
How You Can Fight For Animal Rights in China!
Contact Your Nearest Chinese Embassy and Chinese Benevolent Association!
Ask them to Help Promote Benevolence for All Life!
Ask them to include “Year of Animal Rights”!
In Vancouver, Canada:
BC and Yukon Embassy: email@example.com
Benevolent Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
|posted on January 14, 2020|
For over a decade Lifeforce has been saying that it is time to end barbaric, inhumane research methods such as shooting cetaceans with cross bows and all the numerous other sufferings they endure! Dart trackers has killed at least one endangered orca in 2016 and injured many other cetaceans! The continuous experiments on them have not saved them! This continues in spite of available existing and new technologies!
Humane, safer research methods include using orbiting satellites to study populations and travel patterns, hydrophones systems to study dialects and travel patterns, drones with Petri dishes to collect cells, hormones and organisms to study the health of whales and dolphins. Extremely close “research vessel” approaches; dart trackers; biopsy darts; etc. are not necessary!
It has been said that once researchers get some animals they are on the Government gravy train for life asking endless hypothetical questions. This Research Ivory Tower is mainly an in house, peer review system. Cosmetic Testing and other experiments on animals are being phased out. The lucrative research industry’s outdated biases and control over wildlife experiments must end too! Or the Southern Resident Orcas and others may not survive!
In 2020, hopefully it will be out with the old ways and in with the new ways! Then it will be a Happy New Year for Whales and Dolphins!
Please Sign and Share the “SOS to Stop Orca Suffering Petition”: PETITION.
Your valued moral and financial support would be greatly appreciated. You can help by making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through Paypal: Lifeforce Donations. or by mail: Lifeforce, Box 3117, Vancouver, BC V6B 3X6
|posted on January 6, 2020|
Open Letter to BC Tourism Industry
To: Minister Lisa Beare and Deputy Minister Shauna Brouwer, BC Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture; Tourism Industry Association of BC; Tourism Vancouver; Tourism Victoria; Tourism Downtown Victoria;
From: Peter Hamilton, Lifeforce
Re: BC West Coast Tourism Boycott!
A group of First Nations with connections to the fishing industry is lobbying the Canadian Government to permit a West Coast Sea lion and Seal Hunt!
“The Pacific Balance Pinniped Society (PBPS)” wants to start a new industry to market the unsafe meat for “high end” restaurants in North America, Europe and Asia and for pet food! They also want to sell fur and blubber oil. There is a ban on seal-based products in Europe and other countries that includes meat, boots, and coats.
A BC Wide Tourism Boycott Warning!
A West Coast Seal and Sea Lion Slaughter would create an ecological imbalance further threatening endangered marine life and putting jobs at risk! If the Canadian Government permits unnecessary, inhumane hunts there will be a massive West Coast Tourism Boycott!
In 2018, the top 10 issues amassed a total of over 3 million pieces of correspondence to the Prime Minister. The number one issue Canadians are writing about is the Seal Hunt: 2,013,389 pieces of correspondence!
Super Natural BC?
The tourism industry in British Columbia describes the wonders of wildlife and nature as Super Natural BC and “The Wild Within”. All Wildlife Must Be Respected!
A West Coast Seal and Sea Lion slaughter of thousands of wildlife will result in world condemnation! There would be a BC Tourism Boycott as seen with the killing of seals in Eastern Canada?
In addition there would be bans of the pinniped products as seen in other countries such as US, Europe, Russia, Mexico and Taiwan for the East Coast Seal Hunts. The US Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits the sale of furs, meat, pet food and blubber oil for cosmetics in addition to Omega 3 vitamins.
Let us all Hope that the BC Tourism Industry and Governments Say No! The Tourism saying “Wild Within” must not be “Wild Within Shooting Range!”
Stop the Fishing Industry’s $cam!
There is scientific proof that targeting “pinnipeds” will not save salmon!
In fact, it will directly reduce this food source for some orca species!
People Have Choices of Food – Wildlife Do Not!
Say No to a Senseless Seal and Sea Lion Slaughter!
Say Yes to Fishing Moratoriums!
Please See Petition:
STOP THE SLAUGHTER.