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Stop the landfill of the Dugong habitat in Okinawa

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Please sign and share this   PETITION   calling on Okinawa Governor Nakaima to deny the landfill application for the waters of Henoko.

Okinawa dugong, a close relative of the manatee and the northernmost population of its species, is now on the verge of extinction. The dugong, a gentle marine mammal once commonly seen around Okinawa, has long been a symbol of the sea rich in life. The coast off Henoko, in Nago, still beautiful with wildlife such as corals and turtles, holds a rich sea-grass colony where the dugong feed.

However, there are plans to landfill this area to construct a US military base.

In March, Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera filed with Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima an application for approval to landfill waters off Henoko in order to build a new base. This filing used an environmental assessment conducted by the Defense Bureau to claim that the dugongs will “stay far away from the construction site”.

The Governor has already expressed grave concerns regarding the environmental assessment and impact on the welfare of local residents. In response, the Defense Bureau has simply maintained its assertion that the dugongs would not be affected.

But on September 22, Kyodo News broke the story that the Defense Bureau had actively hidden important facts about dugong activity in Henoko waters uncovered during its environmental assessment.

Dugong feeding traces had been found in the waters off Henoko through April to June last year and a dugong was sighted in Oura Bay, adjacent to the Henoko beach. It’s clear that for the Defense Bureau, those findings constituted ‘inconvenient truths’ better hidden from the public.

The Governor will make his decision on the project before December. If this project is carried out, the Henoko seagrass beds, together with the Okinawa dugong, will be lost forever.

We hope all the people of the world will join us in an effort to continue to co-exist with the dugongs. Please sign and share our   petition   calling on Okinawa Governor Nakaima to deny the landfill application for the waters of Henoko.

TAKE ACTION NOW

Thank you for your support.

From the Association to Protect the Northernmost Dugong —
Masako Suzuki, Etsuko Urashima, Iyanaga Kenichi

Henoko, Okinawa, Japan

The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013

Bobcat by Dave Collins

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The most common wildcat in North America, the bobcat (Lynx rufus) is named for its short, bobbed tail. They are medium-sized cats and are slightly smaller but similar in appearance to their cousin, the lynx. Their coats vary in color from shades of beige to brown fur with spotted or lined markings in dark brown or black.  Bobcats tend to be smaller than lynx and do not have the noticeably longer legs and disproportionately larger feet of lynx.

The Bobcat Protection Act of 2013 (AB-1213) sets a no-trapping buffer zone around Joshua Tree National Park in South-eastern California and other parks where bobcats are protected year-round.

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Typewriter Cat Art

I’ve got the “creative” bug, so here is a post on my other blog, on how to draw your own Cat, or at least, on how to TYPE your own cat, LOL

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So, I am still on the “back to childhood” creative path, and here is my latest work of art.   It is an orange cat’s face, which I made up myself on my typewriter, well, that is, using the keyboard on my computer.   She is sort of a Tabby, with a brownM on her forehead, green eyes, a pink nose, and she has her mouth open, perhaps in a gesture of surprise at suddenly appearing not only in pixels, but in X and in O, hahaha.  I used small letter o and capital letter X mainly for my work of art.

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