Sunday, October 08, 2006

DawnWatch: NPR's WBUR wildlife trafficking and decimation

Friday October 6, "On Point" on WBUR, which is Boston's NPR
affiliate, covered the decimation of wildlife due to trafficking. Host Tom
Ashbrook interviewed Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid.

Here is WBUR's website description of the show:

"The Wildlife Revolution
Friday, October 06, 2006 11-12PM ET

"By host Tom Ashbrook:

"Some of the world's most beautiful and exciting animal species are
also its most targeted and endangered -- and prosperity is only driving
the trend.

"Centuries ago, to bring a shark's fin to the emperor for soup was an
exotic feat of daring, and a rare dish. Today, sharks are being
fin-scalped by the ocean-full for a booming China where newly-rich millions
want to eat like emperors. Bear paws are being sawed off for dinner. Tiger
bone is being carved from a vanishing species. You can't build a fence
high enough to stop the poachers.

"Now, Chinese celebrities like basketball star Yao Ming are trying to
cut the demand. And intrepid activists are penetrating the trade.

"From rhino horn to tortoise shell, hear about the desperate race with
animal trafficking.

"Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid. The organization's
mission is to 'decimate the illegal wildlife trade within our lifetimes.'"

You can listen to show on line at:
http://www.onpointradio.org/shows/2006/10/20061006_b_main.asp
It is disturbing but well worth hearing. A wonderful interview.

Please thank "On Point" for the terrific hour of coverage. Positive
feedback for animal friendly coverage will encourage more of it.
Email onpoint@wbur.org

Yours and the animals',
Karen Dawn

(DawnWatch is an animal advocacy media watch that looks at animal
issues in the media and facilitates one-click responses to the relevant
media outlets. You can learn more about it, and sign up for alerts at
http://www.DawnWatch.com.)

http://www.dawnwatch.com/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi/ archive/dw1000000dawnwat/20061006162534/

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