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.
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” 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.

I'm an anti-imperialist, environmental activist and blue ocean sailor, who is 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.

Posted in Abrupt Climate Change, Paul Beckwith
56 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!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Kevin Hester says:

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

    Liked by 2 people

    • 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?

      Liked by 1 person

  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.

    Liked by 3 people

  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).

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Kevin Hester says:

    “Mountain lions missing; entire habitat range of bobcats wiped out by SoCal fire”

    Liked by 1 person

  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.

      Liked by 2 people

  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

    Liked by 2 people

    • Sheila chambers says:

      People overlook how we humans are but one link in the web of life, we have destroyed many other links, how much more can we destroy before we too “bite the dust” forever?
      The loss of insects will be a huge blow to our agriculture not to mention billions of other living things.
      Will “my” swallows again fail to breed here because of the loss of insects?
      What’s the lifespan of a swallow?
      As E.O. Wilson once said, it’s the little things that rule the world.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. Kevin Hester says:

    “There are no confirmed numbers yet, but it’s estimated as many as 10,000 cattle were killed in the rare spring storm.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • Sheila chambers says:

      I did a quick DuckDuckGo search for 2018 West coast sea bird decline & read some very distressing news, all sea birds are in a state of collapse from STARVATION. They are starving because of human overfishing, a warmer ocean, a more acidic ocean & the steep decline in their food, sardines & herring that have been overfished by humans.

      At our local port, I can find only a few gulls, no cormorants, no mures, no loons, no grebes, no sea ducks, no guillemots & last year, only a few pelicans.

      Here are a few depressing links-
      Land birds aren’t doing any better, with so few insects, they too are in steep decline especially insect eaters like warblers, thrushes, swallows & even hummingbirds, only the Chickadees seem to be doing OK, for now.
      Virtually all land birds feed their young on insects, no “bugs” & their young starve or the breeding pair won’t even try to breed like the swallows that used to breed here.

      It’s so distressing to watch the precious life of this planet being KILLED OFF by ONE stupid, greedy, ignorant species – US!

      Why are we wasting time & resources trying to find some kind of “life” on other planets while the life we already have here is DYING OFF because of US?

      Liked by 1 person

  9. Kevin Hester says:

    Thousands of chickens die in heatwave at farm supplying major UK supermarkets: ‘There was nothing we could do’
    ‘This is beyond words – they must have suffered terribly’


  10. Kevin Hester says:

    It will have made numerous species extinct.


  11. Kevin Hester says:

    “Around 480 million animals are feared to have died in the bushfires sweeping Australia, including nearly a third of the koalas in New South Wales’s main habitat.”


  12. Kevin Hester says:

    Beekeepers checking on hives are some of the first people into fire-ravaged forests, and are not prepared for the traumatic sights and sounds of wounded and suffering animals.

    Key points:
    Some beekeepers say it will take three to 20 years to fully recover from hive and flora loss in north-east NSW
    Checking on hives also causes trauma to beekeepers who come across burnt animals from bushfires
    Some farmers are contacting the NSW Apiarists Association and offering their land for beehives
    NSW Apiarists Association president Stephen Targett said the situation in north-eastern NSW was “truly devastating” to beekeepers and extremely traumatic.

    “It’s doing their heads in, the screaming animals, the animals that are in pain, that are crying out in the forest, it’s absolutely horrific,” Mr Targett said.

    “One beekeeper employs some young people and it has really traumatised them.

    “So the beekeeper has arranged counselling for these young beekeepers who went into the forest and he won’t allow them back into the forest for a period of time.”


  13. Kevin Hester says:

    The University of Sydney academics who said 480 million animals had been killed in the NSW bushfires have explained how they made their sobering findings


  14. Kevin Hester says:

    While preparing for todays episode of Nature Bats Last where Guy and I interviewed Stephen Jenkinson ,I planned to have relevant issues to discuss in the event of us losing him to intermittent signal issues he had experienced the previous day from Mexico. Live radio, you have to have a fall back position.
    If we lost Stephen. I wanted to discuss the analysis that almost half a billion earthlings had been incinerated by these infernos.
    Now I know the number is double what I thought going to air 8 hours ago !
    That’s how extinction cascades pan out. The predicament is always worse than we knew a few hours ago.
    The show hasn’t been uploaded yet but can be found shortly at the Nature Bats Last archive at PRN.FM and my website


  15. Kevin Hester says:

    Now it’s 1 1/4 Billion!!!


  16. Kevin Hester says:

    Normally I am pretty critical of The Guardian because they cover the crisis but downplay the rapidity and severity of what is unfolding.

    This time I appreciate that the article focuses on the other species and the effects of our larceny on them.


  17. Kevin Hester says:

    “There have been no reported injuries or deaths”.
    Millions of small animals and billions of insects will have been incinerated.
    We’re in this level of catastrophe because of human self interest always being the cultures main focus.


  18. Kevin Hester says:

    “The temperatures that killed these embryos, they are obviously just too much for the embryos to take,” Simon Griffith of Macquarie University in Australia told EcoWatch.


  19. Kevin Hester says:

    “This persistent heat dome over the West Coast will likely result in earlier loss of ability to provide cool water and subsequently, it is possible that all in-river juveniles will not survive this season,” CDFW said in a statement”


  20. Kevin Hester says:

    “I have been in this industry for 36 years, and I have never seen a mortality rate like this,” Hicks said. “I lost 60 per cent of the bigger oysters and 80 per cent of the smaller ones.”


  21. Kevin Hester says:

    What happens when millions – or billions – of sea animals die on one day?
    Emily Carrington
    The ‘heat dome’ over the Pacific north-west brought unprecedented death to sealife. And the effects will be felt for years to come.


  22. Kevin Hester says:

    “The heat is on: from the Arctic to Africa, wildlife is being hit hard by climate chaos
    Global heating affects fertility, immunity and behaviour – often with lethal results – and the problems are getting worse”


  23. Kevin Hester says:

    A Billion Sea Creatures Cooked to Death
    This summer’s historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest was an ecological catastrophe.

    By Julia Rosen


  24. sealintheselkirks says:

    Something I’ve noticed; it’s always about ‘this new study’ or ‘that new paper’ and absolutely nothing really changes as the acceleration continues to ramp up. There is nobody paying attention who is part of the Capitalist status quo. They literally aren’t hearing any of this because they don’t want to. How does Guy stand it?

    But then they all have their bunkers and bug-out places to go, correct? They will be saved because they had the foresight and wealth to build and stock them. The stupidity exhibited by the leaders of this civilization is…extraordinary.

    Scientists Decry Human Indifference to ‘Probable Sixth Mass Extinction’

    “Denying the crisis, accepting it without reacting, or even encouraging it constitutes an abrogation of humanity’s common responsibility,” said one scientist behind the new study.



  25. Kevin Hester says:

    “Days of intense heat have killed thousands of cattle in Kansas”
    They only count the domesticated and imprisoned ‘livestock’ so the numbers in the wild community are unknown


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

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.

My Submission to the Ministry of the Environment
Kevin Hester, Dropping Anchor in an Exponential World
Follow Kevin Hester on
Blog Stats
  • 435,455 hits
2C 4C 5C 6th Great extinction 16 Ocean Passages Abrupt Climate Change Acidification of Oceans Alaska North Slope Alberta AMEG Anecdotes of Neil Finn and My Life "Colliding" Anthropogenic Climate Disruption-ACD Anthropogenic Emissions Anti-Nuclear Appearances Arctic Methane Emergency Group Arctic News Blog Arctic Sea Ice Assassination Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation-AMOC Atmospheric CO2 Australian Greens Baseline Temperature Dishonesty Beril Sirmacek Bill McKibben Bleaching Event Brush Fire Canada Catastrophe Cenozoic Era China Chris Hani Chris Mooney Climate-Exodus Climate Change Research Centre Climate Wars CO2 Warming Collapse Contagion Coral Reefs Coral Sea Cory Morningstar CounterPunch Cruise Industry Dahr Jamail David Korowicz Deep Green Resistance Donald Trump Dr. Guy McPherson Dr. James E Hansen Dr. Mike Joy Dr Andrew Glikson Draught Dr Natalia Shakova East Timor Ecocide Ecosystem collapse El Nino Endangered Dolphins Eric Draitser Erik Michaels Extinction Radio Feedback loops First Blue-Ocean Event in Arctic Food Crisis Forestry Fort McMurray Fukushima Daiichi Gaia Gene Gibson Geneva Conventions George Perkins Marsh Going Dark Great Barrier Reef Green Movement Guests Gulf Steam Gulf Stream System Habitat Habitat Wars Harold H. Hensel Heatwave Mass Casualties Imperialism India Interviews Invitations IPCC IRA Ireland Ireland unfree Irish Freedom Movement Isis Jack Williams Jason Box Jennifer Hynes Joanna Macy John Kiriakou John McMurtry John Pilger John Schramski Karl Marx Katharine Hayhoe Katie Goodman Kevin's New Webpage Kevin Lister Kevin Trenberth Kris Van Steenbergen Larissa Waters Limits to Growth Livestream Mairead Farrell Malcolm Light Mangroves Mark Eakin Mass Marine Death Max Wilbert Mean Air Tempature Michael C. Ruppert Michael Dowd Michael E Mann Mid-East Middle East Mike Sliwa Monarch Butterflies Most Abnormally Warm Month Recorded. Nafeez Ahmed Naomi Klein Nature Bats Last Nelson Mandela New Webpage New Zealand North Africa November Speaking Tour with Guy McPherson Novosibirsk Reservoir Nuclear Nuclear War Overdevelopment-Overpopulation-Overshoot P.M. Kohn Key-Eco Terrorist Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum--PETM Patsy O'Hara Paul Beckwith Paul Craig Roberts Paul Ehrlich Pauline Panagiotou Schneider Pauline Schneider Paul Street Perfect Storm permafrost Peter Sinclair Phytoplankton PM John Key Podcast Pollution PRN Professor Paul Beckwith Prof Guy McPhersons Abrupt Climate Change Tour NZ 2016 Psychopathic Records of Air Tempatures Relief Analysis Richar Vivers RobertScribbler Robin Westenra Runaway Abrupt Climate Change Runaway Global Warming Russia Sam Carana SeeMoreRocks Blog Seymour Hersch Siberia-Yamal-Taimyr Sinn Fein South African Communist Party South Florida Corals South Pacific Storms of Our Grandchildren-James E Hansen Subsea Methane Super Exponential Supply Chain Breakdown Sustainability Syria Syrian Conflict Temperature Anomalies TEPCO The Collapse of Industrial Civilisation The Pain You Feel Thom Hartmann Tipping Points Tour NZ 2016 Transport Truthout Umkhonto we Sizwe United Nations Updates US Presidential Elections War Crimes Warmest February on Record Warmest Russian Winter Warnings Water Vapor Weather Channel wet-bulb temperature William Kallfelz World War
%d bloggers like this: