By Carlos Fermín
Many people love to feel the power to control the life and destiny of others. The whim of caging a parrot, which repeats the verb of its owners, the security of hiding a crocodile in the backyard of the house, or tame a raccoon that arouses the curiosity of the neighbors. Every day, we live in a lucrative vicious cycle, which is made profitable by hunters of the ecocidal ark, criminals who illegally sell wildlife, and happy buyers who pay cash for environmental crime.
Biodiversity is seen as a commodity that is obtained at dawn and is traded at dawn. We believe that any animal species prefers a minute of complete freedom in its natural habitat of survival, than to spend time enslaved in front of the hyperactive door of a home, in the cruel mirage of a zoo or in the sale offers offered by stores. of animals. Thus, it suffers from voracious commerce that curtails the right to life and disrespects biological plurality. Decades ago, the hunting of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, ceased to be a clandestine practice of the “black market”.
Today, the insatiable trafficking of fauna that coexists in the forests and jungles of planet Earth, demonstrates the success of the globalized world to which we belong. With the new technologies of the 21st century, it is now possible to acquire through the Internet, that "little animal" that out of curiosity, ignorance or social pressure, will be bought virtually by the lucky customer who will robotize his soul. Between fur, claws, fangs, antlers and fins, everything is valid when it comes to looking fashionable, renovating the living room rugs, collecting the ego of death and hanging the crest of the irrational cannibalism of Humanity.
The lack of environmental education exacerbates the problem, since the boys do not receive the ecological message in their educational centers, and also the parents do not assume ethical responsibility, which shows the absence of values at the family level. In fact, it is the adults who lead the young to twisted events, such as circuses, street fights of animals and bullfighting. In parallel, people buy exotic species to please their children, but when they grow up or reveal their wild instinct, they end up killing them or leaving them abandoned on the road. By being exposed to other predators that inhabit these ecosystems, they end up dying thanks to the eternal crime perpetrated at the hands of Man.
For their part, the government agencies that legislate environmental matters in each Latin American country, perform forced labor that does not bear fruit in the minds of the community. Through seizures, fines and public ordinances, it is intended to eradicate impunity against wildlife. Those who fill their pockets with blood, at the cost of the suffering of animals, should be promptly tried and imprisoned for their vileness. But, as long as a socio-environmental conscience is not established that originates in the blackboards and in the graphite of the classrooms, we will continue to denounce ecological grievances, such as the ones we present below.
In Ecuador, the poaching of the Andean Condor is a sad reality facing the southern country. The bird of prey of the order of the Catartiformes, is an invaluable Ecuadorian symbol that represents its historical heritage. However, there are less than 50 condors left flying freely in the sky, and 18 specimens are protected in the bars of captivity, due to the lead labyrinth created by hunters, the increase in agricultural area to increase economic support, and therefore, the reduction of the exuberant moors, which they observe in the first row, the consummated environmental destruction in the eyes of ecocide.
In addition, people faithful to their sacred and absurd dogmas, consider that condors are demonic animals that prey on livestock and eat children, so they tend to place poisoned meat on them, so that the bird dies instantly. Despite the worldview considering it a sign of prosperity and mysticism. The idiosyncrasy of the peoples is capable of supporting a series of traditional cults, rites and myths, which demonstrate the degree of spiritual misery in the discernment of individuals. In December 2012, the body of a condor was found that received 6 fire impacts, due to unscrupulous beings who killed it until it reached the Zuleta farm, very close to the Cayambe volcano, where it was found by chance by the inhabitants.
So far in 2013, three condors have died on Ecuadorian soil, including the unfortunate case that occurred in April, within the province of Azuay, which was known after a photo published on social networks. It is worth clarifying that in the fatal image a group of peasants was observed with an air of triumphalism, merriment and joy, for holding the largest flying bird in the world. When the police entities reported that they were the main suspects of the terrible event, then the community members of Gualay filled their faces with fear, and dared to tell the criminal act in detail. The saddest thing was the cowardly posture assumed by the residents, who fled to mountainous areas and refused to cooperate with the judicial bodies to resolve the conflict.
The coup de grace occurred in the Quimsacocha sector. They hid the bird in a pouch, so as not to generate suspicion among the locals. But the desire to glorify death, made the murderer reveal the photos taken with the cell phone, allowing his friends to join the photo shoot with the corpse. Let us remember that on July 7, the "National Condor Day" is celebrated by our Ecuadorian brothers. Scientifically called “Vultur Gryphus”, it resides in the Andes Mountains, it measures just over a meter in length, with a wingspan that reaches 3.5 meters. It has a large bluish-black plumage, a white collar, and a small tail. It is considered of the scavenger type, so it is NOT a threat to agricultural activities.
The Andean Condor is present in the Coat of Arms of Ecuador, Colombia, Chile and Bolivia, symbolizing courage, freedom, sovereignty and the search for horizons. Without a doubt, it is a national icon that elevates the nobility, effort and hope of the peoples. However, it is in danger of extinction in all the countries mentioned. The unavoidable question: How is it possible for a citizen from those nations to press the trigger against their own cultural roots? It seems that the sense of belonging, forgot the colors of the flag, the cry that sings the hymn and enthusiastically endorse the name. It is a complex situation, which comes from intolerance, the anti-values of TV and the culture of consumerism.
In Colombia there are around 150 condors and in Venezuela less than 10 specimens. The Venezuelan state of Mérida also has the bird of prey on its Coat of Arms, with its wings spread in the attitude of taking flight. In Venezuela there are programs to reintroduce the animal, thanks to the collaboration of the Biocontacto Civil Association. In turn, an attempt is made to rescue the Frontinus Bear, which is native to South America and is on the brink of disappearance. On the contrary, in countries like Chile and Argentina, although the number of condors has decreased, there are more than 2,500 specimens flying in their natural habitats, being an incentive for people to estimate their beauty, and do NOT run the risk of extinction .
Recently, three condors (2 juvenile females and one male) were taken to the Sierra Pailemán in the province of Río Negro, within Argentine territory, to adapt to the climatic variables of the area, before being released and tracked by satellite, in order to evaluate its interaction with the environment. While in July 2013, a Carabineros personnel rescued a condor, during patrol work on Route 7 South of the Chilean country. The heraldic bird was protected and fed, in an attempt to reincorporate it to its environment. In June of this year, a juvenile Andean condor was saved in the Ecuadorian province of Napo. The specimen was injured and hidden inside a farm, which was attended by park rangers in search of helping the animal, which according to Ecuador's "Red Book of Birds" is in "Critical" Endangered Extinction.
It should be noted that the first version of the Peruvian National Shield, which emerged in the year 1820, also featured a condor that was located at the bottom of the historic design. In the center behind the shield, there was a banana palm tree, to the left was the Andean bird and to the right was a llama. Currently, Peru has seen the number of condors decrease dramatically. Only 500 specimens are in the wild. We must mention that the Colca Canyon, located in the province of Caylloma, is a great tourist attraction due to the majestic natural environments that adorn the bird's flight. People go to the Mirador de la Cruz del Cóndor, in the Cabanaconde district, to witness the majesty of the animal. The contradictory thing is that there are barely 25 divisible condors left in that area, when thirty years ago almost 200 specimens nested.
Everything is the fault of a perverse celebration called "Yawar Fiesta", in which the villagers, full of brandy, arm themselves with patience and capture the condor with inhuman traps. Then, his wings are held back to force him to walk to the macabre event. Later, the condor that represents the indigenous person, is tied to the back of a bull, which represents the gamonal. Both fight to free themselves, which ends up hurting the skin of the bird with great cruelty and as it usually happens, in the end they sacrifice the Bull. The infernal spectacle is performed 40 times a year, and although it has "variations" in its performance, it is a brutal reality that, due to the ignorance of the people, continues to be celebrated in the 21st century.
Tourists love to take away the feathers and bones of the Condor, as a souvenir of the ecocide they witnessed. The worst thing is that many other species of fauna are daily sold, trafficked, skinned and stuffed, to satisfy the cannibalistic appetite of all those involved. It is no coincidence that the Magellanic Penguin, the Mountain Gorilla, the Java Rhinoceros, the Giant Panda, the Iberian Lynx, the Orinoco Cayman, the Marsupial Frog, the Greater Green Macaw, the Jaguar and thousands of other animals, They are vulnerable to the eternal subversion of Man, who, as everyone knows, is the bastard son of Pachamama.
Unfortunately, the problem is not resolved with an order of preventive detention for the offender, or with conservation projects of environmental public entities. Sooner or later, the aggressor will go free wanting to kill any other animal species out of revenge, and the governments of the day will end the initiatives of previous political processes. We would like to believe that with ecological awareness talks, people will regret catching, humiliating and lynching the soul of the Andean Condor in cold blood. War has always been the compass of the World. Behind the emancipation and independence of the countries, there is the armament that justified the achievement of geographic dominance.
For many, killing is a reward, a show of bravery and heroism, which is found in the "animals", a way of escape from the hostility of work, family and Society. There is already enough injustice in the world, to continue on the paths of warmongering and betrayal. Do not be an accessory to the crime. Complaint!