Raja – The Innocent Elephant Held Captive By Angry Palm Oil Growers — Dies




Photo credit: Ecologist Film Unit (Ulet Ifansasti) and/or Elephant Family: http://www.elephantfamily.org/


[NOTE:  This piece got thousands of hits on the day the story about RAJU (note the “u”) was first published in the international media (7/8/2014) — and still gets more daily.


BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT RAJU!  It’s about Raja, because many are apparently looking for stories about RAJU (note the different spelling; with a “u” not an “a” at the end) the 50 year old captive elephant who supposedly cried after finally being rescued after a life of torture, abuse and imprisonment.  That particular punishingly sad story for 50 years, but with an uplifting ending, can be found here:


But this is a different, yet equally sad elephant story about similarly-named RAJA]


This is such a tragic, heartbreaking and maddening story. Weeks ago, the Ecologist Film Unit, accompanied by the NGO Elephant Family, was documenting the “environmental genocide”…

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States must demonstrate respect for wolves before assuming management

Exposing the Big Game


letter to the editor

I was very troubled by your (June 18) editorial supporting the delisting of wolves in the lower 48.

Your editorial mentions that wildlife groups worry this could lead to the extermination of wolves in many states, and that concern isn’t unfounded. It is, in fact, supported by recent events in the form of hunting seasons in states such as Idaho and Wyoming and of course, Montana. The widespread hostility of these popular hunting states toward the wolf as a “trophy animal” and the alleged “sportsman” that are eager to simply kill the wolf is appalling. Barely on the cusp of recovery, wolves are killed for the sole purpose of a pelt, a rug or a taxidermy prize. Forty years of protection for endangered species leads to this? What a travesty.

And let’s not forget the fragile border of Yellowstone National Park in Montana, and the…

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