The Undeclared Animal Death Toll in the Ongoing Incineration of the Biosphere

I’m always disapointed and or angry when I read about one or other of these now almost daily mega disasters when they report 1, 10, 100 or whatever number of  (human) deaths. They never point out that thousands, tens of thousands or millions of other species have been exterminated in these anthropogenic infernos and floods.
FIRE
In one of the recent fires in California, I heard a commentator say that the region had been sterilised, meaning everything in the fire zone had been killed. Bugs, mice, butterflies, rabbits, baby birds in nests, lizards, insects,you name it, they were incinerated in their millions perhaps billions.
The situation is always much worse than we know or are being told.
In pictures: The animals caught in California’s wildfires

The official statistics from 2010 are that between 150 and 200 species go extinct every day. Thats 200 important branches of evolution lost forever, daily. Since 2010 that rate of extinction will have accelerated like the climate crisis in a non linear fashion.
“According to the UN Environment Programme, the Earth is in the midst of a mass extinction of life. Scientists estimate that 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal become extinct every 24 hours. This is nearly 1,000 times the “natural” or “background” rate and, say many biologists, is greater than anything the world has experienced since the vanishing of the dinosaurs nearly 65m years ago. Around 15% of mammal species and 11% of bird species are classified as threatened with extinction.”
Protect nature for world economic security, warns UN biodiversity chief

Lets start with the North Carolina Floods;
“The North Carolina Department of Agriculture said Wednesday that the historic flooding from Florence has killed about 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs.” They even used a slang name for a pig! Disrespect much? “The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) was similarly “heartbroken” over the deaths.”
“HSUS is heartbroken by the reports of the catastrophic numbers of farmed animal deaths resulting from the flooding related to Hurricane Florence,” the organization told EcoWatch via email, adding that the animals “needlessly lost their lives.”

“Having an emergency plan, regardless of the numbers of animals at your home, facility, or farm, is the responsibility of the humane steward caring for their welfare,” HSUS added. “If the sheer number of animals makes evacuation extremely difficult or impossible, then a hard look needs to be taken at the number of animals being cared for and the opportunity for them to be considered in an emergency plan. The cost of not doing so, as we can see here, has a devastating impact on the community, the environment and the animals, and are further examples of why we need to reduce the reliance on these massive factory farms.”
3.4 Million Chicken, 5500 Hogs Killed in Flornce’s Flooding

These millions of animals rate a mention only because they exist on a corporations balance sheet somewhere. Around them, untold numbers of wild animals and shamefully abandoned ‘pets’ have succumed to our crack like addiction to carbon.

“New jaw-dropping peer-reviewed science paper: farmed poultry makes up 70% of all birds on Earth, with just 30% being wild. Even worse: 60% of all mammals are livestock, like cattle and pigs, 36% are human and just 4% are wild animals. Humans have decimated life everywhere on Earth, including remote regions like the poles and deep oceans.”

 

“One poll after the devastating 2006 storm found that 44 percent of people who chose not to evacuate did so because they didn’t want to leave their pets behind. But still, plenty of animals were abandoned – more than 100,000, according to the Louisiana SPCA. As many as 70,000 died throughout the Gulf Coast. On Tuesday, the ASPCA issued a plea to pet owners, asking them to evacuate their animals, too, and gave them instructions for doing so.”

“We can’t stress enough how important it is to incorporate pets into evacuation plans to keep families together and pets safe,” Dick Green, head of the ASPCA’s disaster response unit, said in the statement.”
Imagine if or more correctly when refugees escaping the unfolding chaos abandon 100,000 ‘family members’. What the hell is a domestic pet if it’s not a family member? It’s just another form of prisoner, the first to be sacrificed when the shit hits the fan.

“Meteorologists marveled at the “gut-wrenching” rate of spread Thursday’s fires exhibited. At one point, the Camp Fire was consuming 80 football fields worth of land per minute, fueled by winds of up to 50 mph. That fire grew more than 20-fold in about six hours just before it overtook the town of Paradise, home to about 27,000 people. By nightfall, the fire had expanded in size to 70,000 acres, and was just 5 percent contained. A reporter’s video caught a fire tornado on camera, an exclamation mark on a truly hellish scene:” Quote from Robin Westenra’s blog post; Views from Armageddon
How on earth could terresterial vertebrates escape from that?

“Bark beetles probably exacerbated the fire that ravaged Lake County over the weekend, he said. Experts called the Valley fire’s rapid spread unprecedented; the blaze, which began Saturday afternoon, grew to more than 40,000 acres in fewer than 12 hours.

“This last couple years has just been so extreme that everything’s under stress,” Smith said. “If we weren’t in the drought, we wouldn’t have so much bark beetle.” Meet the insect that helped fuel Northern California’s Valley fire destruction I wonder how many million bark beatles were incinerated?

California Wildfires Updates: 42 Deadin Camp Fire, Toll expected to rise

I have previously covered “The Annihilation of Nature” previously on this blog when I interviewed Professor Paul Ehrlich on Nature Bats Last on PRN.FM

Professor Guy McPherson and I will continue to chronicle the unraveling of the biosphere as long as Industrial Civilisation holds together on our radio show Nature Bats Last on the Progressive Radio Network. 
Good luck everyone, we’re all going to need it, soon the living will envy the dead.

Activist, sailor, passionate about the earth and all it's inhabitants without favour . Brace for imminent impact as we bare witness to the non-linear unraveling of the biosphere and habitability disappearing for most if not all complex life on the only habitable planet we know of. To quote President Niinistö in North Russia: ‘If We Lose the Arctic, We Lose the World’. Folks we have lost the Arctic.

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11 comments on “The Undeclared Animal Death Toll in the Ongoing Incineration of the Biosphere
  1. Sheila chambers says:

    I have plans to take my “worthless” little wild house sparrows with me if we get hit by a earthquake, I had no thought of just leaving them behind to die of thirst, starvation or drowning & how could anyone leave behind their helpless domesticated cat or dog?

    Why couldn’t large animal owners at least set them free if they can’t evacuate them? At least give them some chance to escape no matter how slim.

    I did read how a man found a burned deer cowering under a bush & he brought it water to drink.

    These fires don’t just leap 10 miles in miniutes leaving no time to grab their animals & leave & WHY did they wait so dam long before gathering their valuables & fleeing?

    I remember how my family reacted as the Malibu fire burned towards us back in 1955, we would have had plenty of time to gather our valuables & leave but NO, they just sat around & listened to the news until they were ORDERED to leave!
    I could not get them to MOVE even though I could see burning embers blowing over the nearby mountains towards us!

    It seems that people just can’t accept that bad things can happen to THEM & they just can’t sit around & wait for someone to tell them what to do.
    Topanga canyon where we were living, has but one narrow, twisty mountain road to escape that fire & there were thousands of people who needed to leave.

    Now there are more HUGE fires burning in the chaparral & forests where people should NOT be living!
    They never learn!

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  2. Kevin Hester says:

    Every tree, bush, shrup, plant was somebodies home.

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    • Sheila chambers says:

      How true Kevin, I’m always reading how we could stuff all of humanity in a few counties in Texas but who would want to live like that?.
      They never give one moment of thought about all of the wildlife we have killed off with our “developments” & the endless demand for more GROWTH is deafening!
      We do NOT “need” more dam GROWTH!

      I’ve watched as the hills I once knew were full of wildlife had all of it’s vegetation cut down, scraped off, burned & roads cut in with dozers so that more homes for humans can be crammed together, cheek to jowel on those hills, the wildlife had no place else to go so I know they all died along with the destruction of their former homes.

      I was on Google earth the other day to see how much the place I once lived in in Topanga canyon in California has changed.
      Houses were crammed in everywhere! many new roads had been cut into those hills & more homes built displacing even more wildlife & native plants.

      I can’t wait for the NEXT FIRE to clear all that out AGAIN!
      The Woolsey fire is burning near that area, I wonder if it will reach Topanga again?

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  3. Robert Schick, rogue composer says:

    Thank you Kevin! In everything i now write, compose, speak or interact with, i always refer to ALL other Lifeforms, be they animal, insect, plant, et al, as The Innocents. Meanwhile, the psychopaths of their crumbling empire are only concerned with the ‘economic implications’.This magnificent Earth is being murdered every moment by one species. Humans are The Guilty, with nary an exception.

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  4. larryzb says:

    Reblogged this on larrysmusings and commented:
    This reblogged post calls attention to the animal death toll from fires and floods, etc. This is important to be aware of. In addition to working to end cruel practices that needlessly harm and hurt animals, we need to consider ways of protecting them from harm due to natural and to man made disasters (as most of these fires are caused by the actions of humans).

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  5. Kevin Hester says:

    “Mountain lions missing; entire habitat range of bobcats wiped out by SoCal fire”
    https://www.sfgate.com/california-wildfires/article/Mountain-lions-santa-monica-mountains-woolsey-la-13396742.php

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  6. Jürgen Hornschuh says:

    You are one of the few who spend a thought or two on other beings’ suffering in that game of Russian roulette civilization is playing. Disconnectedness from the foundations of our being and from the web of life lies at the heart of what is unfolding here. To overcome the selfish notion that only humans count is long overdue, and it might be the only way forward, if there is any future to be had. Good work, Kevin.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Robert Schick, rogue composer says:

      Jurgen: Definitely Kevin is one of few. All those Innocents are being cynically and consciously murdered by all the dark hearts who reside among humans, There is no sane excuse for this. Homo sapiens ‘sapiens’ have proven themselves alien to the planet that gave them their birth and breaths. i am ashamed to be living and breathing among such psychopathic lifeforms. Thank you for your sincere thoughts.

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  7. I.M. Noman says:

    “Loss of biodiversity means the human species as a whole is threatened to disappear.”

    Eric Rignot, University of California-Irvine

    https://grist.org/article/the-science-of-self-care-how-climate-researchers-are-coping-with-the-u-n-report/

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Kevin Hester

Kevin Hester is currently living on Rakino Island, a small island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand, monitoring the unravelling of the biosphere and volunteering at the Rakino Island Nursery is currently developing a proposal to create a marine reserve near by. The Island has no grid tied electricity or reticulated water.  I catch my own water from the roof and generate my electricity from the ample solar radiation on the island.

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