Is it a snake? Is it a fish? Or is it a snake-look-alike fish?
Well, it’s an eel – A delicacy, perfect for your Easter dinner OR…
The European eel was once a common fish, but over the last decades the population has declined with approximately 98 percent!
You can do something: Stop eating eels! …and let these poor fellows do their thing -Reproduce in the Sargasso Sea in the North Atlantic, and swim more than 6.000 kilometers to the freshwaters of Europe.
Microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic debris less than 5 mm in diameter, are everywhere in every ocean – from Bermuda to Iceland.
…And seabirds and other animals in the ocean are having it for dinner.
In the North Sea more than 95 % of the Northern Fulmar birds were found to have plastic debris in their guts. For many of these birds the result will be reproductive problems or death.
Moreover, fish and mussels are also eating microplastics and thereby passing on the toxic microplastics into the food chain, which might end up on your dinner table!
You can do something: Stop using personal care products (such as body scrubs, creams, soaps, toothpastes and cosmetic) containing Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylene (PP), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and Nylon.
Climate changes are here and the ice is melting. The polar bear is literally on thin ice.
After starving in the summer with berries and carrion, the polar bears gain their body fat by hunting seals on the sea ice in the winter. But due to a warmer climate the sea ice extent and the thickness is reduced, as well as the period of maximum ice extent gets shorter year after year.
This results in less time for the polar bears to hunt and less time to restore their body condition to a non-critical level.
You can do something: Reduce your CO2 consumption by eating less meat, turn off electrical devices, and use a bike or public transport more often instead of a car.
A warm-blooded boney fish measuring 2 meters, weighing 250 kilograms and tasting sushi sashimi delicious – That’s a Bluefin tuna, an endangered species.
Since the 1950’s the population of Bluefin tuna has dropped by 97 percent! And that’s not all… Nowadays, sophisticated fishing techniques results in catch of turtles, sharks and dolphins which can be found in your canned tuna.
You can do something: Stop eating fresh tuna and only buy the blue MSC-certified products.
…And if you love sushi, make sure that you are eating skipjack tuna unless you don’t give a shit.
…mmm yummi a jellyfish. Hey, wait that’s not a jellyfish – it’s a plastic bag!
More than 1 million plastic bags are used every minute, which means more than 500 billion plastic bags are used every year. And plastic bags have been used for over 40 years. You do the math … that’s a lot!
And guess what? Most of them are non-biodegradable and end up in the sea. This affects 267 marine species, 44 percent of all seabirds, and fatally affects over 1 million sea creatures per year.
You can do something: Stop using plastic bags –use a reusable bag instead.
All ‘tame’ Elephants are trained with bullhooks. Bullhooks are hooks attached to long sticks, which are used to beat and punish the Elephants, if they don’t do as they’re told. All Elephants you meet as a tourist are tamed and trained this way.
Many Elephants get severe wounds from the bullhooks. But in most Asian countries it is illegal to put an animal down, even if it is suffering and in great pain.
Around the age of 3 years Elephants are taken from their mothers and are pacified and held in the same position without food for days. The Elephant’s future owner gains their trust by being the first one to feed them after days of starvation.
You can do something: Stop riding Elephants on your holidays!
In French Foie Gras literally means fatty liver. Starting as early as a few months old, the young Ducks are kept in dark sheds and force-fed with corn.
In a matter of few weeks, the Ducks become heavily overweight with their livers expanding up to 10 times their normal size. Due to the rapid expansion of the liver, the other organs are exposed to extreme pressure.
Foie Gras may be a delicacy, but just imagine if you were the one being force-fed.
Many tourists visit Tiger reserves and parks every year where they cuddle, hug and kiss them. But what they are not told is that the Tigers have been given medicine and sedatives to become a relaxed, soft and safe money-making attraction. Some Tigers have even had their claws and fangs removed.
In the last 70 years, three of the nine Tiger subspecies have become extinct. The remaining six subspecies all live in Asia where they are threatened by poaching and habitat loss. The Amur tiger, previously known as the Siberian tiger, is the biggest of them all. The estimated number of wild Amur tigers is 400 – in Zoos there are approximately 600.
You can do something: Stop visiting Tiger reserves and parks in Asia!