by Taetske | 3:51 pm
(Last Updated On: December 27, 2019)

Leaders should give a good example, save the animals


My website is not a political one. I write about things that interest me and are related to Mother Earth. As one reads a lot of negative things on Global Warming, the disappearance of the species, and other things that the human race does to make living on our beautiful planet near impossible, I would have preferred to come with a positive post. Sadly this is not possible as some really bad news has come to my attention.


Elephant family next to waterhole

Elephant family next to a waterhole


Lifting the ban on the import of trophies

The Trump administration plans to allow hunters to import trophies of elephants they killed in Zimbabwe and Zambia back to the United States. As Mr. Trump has said his idea is on hold until he can review “all conservation facts”, one might think that is good news.

I think that to merely have the idea to allow this ban to be lifted is already very bad. This ban was put in place by the Obama administration in 2014 and now, only a few years later somebody wants to lift it.


Son of Trump with elephant tail

Son of Trump with elephant tail


Save the elephants

Who on earth would want to go to an African country and start shooting elephants, while African elephants are on the list of vulnerable species? In Asia, the situation is worse, there, the elephants are an endangered species. Have humans nothing else in their head than killing beautiful creations of nature? Savanna elephant populations have shown a 30 percent decrees across 18 countries in Africa from 2007 to 2014.



The ban was originally imposed as Zimbabwe, which is one of the most corrupt countries in the world, did not take care of its elephant population. The regime was happy to earn big money from hunting advocacy organizations. Wealthy Americans, including the son of Trump, would come on a hunting spree and bring the severed body parts home to impress friends and neighbors.


Lonely Elephant

Lonely Elephant


The story of the bat

I would like to tell you a personal story. It happened many years ago in my own house. A friend called to ask if she and a group of friends could come for a little visit. One of the people asked to go to the bathroom. Suddenly we heard a scream. On turning on the light, the vent fan started. From the vent tube, in the wall, a small bat had fallen in the toilet. I picked it up and held it under the water tap as the toilet water was blue with chemicals. Then I dried the bat in a guest towel.

While doing that I had a good look at this small creature. It had Mickey Mouse ears, small dark eyes, and a cute black nose. Of course, I never had a bat in my hands before and was fascinated to be able to see all these details. Then my friend said,” I would have flushed the toilet”. I did not believe my ears and could have strangled this person. As she came with friends to my house I kept my mouth shut.


Saved Bat on towal

Saved Bat on a towel


Some 5 years later, I got an invitation to lunch from this friend. We were 8 people sitting at a round table in a restaurant. I do not know why but my friend started to tell the bat story. I said: Well, you have started this now so I will tell you that when it happened I could have strangled you. It is so easy for us humans to take a life. We still do not know how to give this life back.

There was a long-lasting silence at the table. Then everybody started to talk. One person said she agreed with me, we destroy beautiful things.


one lovely evening on the patio

One lovely evening on the patio


How the bat survived

By the way, I rolled the wet bat in a guest towel, put him in a bucket with a pillow on top. Like that he could recuperate from the shock. When the evening came I put him in a high place in the garage so the cats could not get him. Not long after that he flew away, completely recuperated.

Especially in the summertime, I enjoy sitting on my patio to watch the flight of the small bats. Nature is amazing and we should try to cherish and enjoy it instead of destroying it.

I was just given the link to a TED Talk about poaching and thought you would like to view it.  I received this link from Ocean Robbins of the Food Revolution Network.




I wrote this post in November 2017 and many things have happened since then. Trump’s son has recently been to Mongolia and found it necessary to shoot an animal from the endangered species list. I think that is quite a scandal but I do not think this young man will mend his ways.

I have written a post on the Florida panther.  Sadly this animal is also nearly extinct. Mainly through human intervention.

If the balance is disturbed a lot of things can go wrong. We should really try and live in harmony with nature. We all form part of creation and have a right to be here.

I want to end with a very kind story that I read during the Christmas days of 2019. It restores the belief that there are many kind-hearted people. A British pensioner was touring Andalucia with his motorhome. His traveling companion was Luna an old dog of 12 years. They were very much attached to each other sharing their life together.

Suddenly Peter was not feeling well and had to check in to the Emergency of a hospital in Malaga. He was in a lot of pain but still kept telling everybody about his dog Luna which had been left behind in the motorhome. Peter had parked his motorhome in a place which was not permitted but the police were informed about the situation so all was ok.

First, the animal protection association was informed about Luna but their help was not necessary. The personal from the clinic took turns to feed and walk Luna. Nurses, auxiliaries, and people from the maintenance staff organized shifts so Luna was never alone. These kind people even cooked her meal which consisted mainly of rice and chicken.

During the time Peter was in the hospital the staff took photos and videos with their mobile phones and showed him how Luna was keeping. After being treated for an inflamed gallbladder Peter got better and finally could continue his trip with Luna.



Source: Daily Kos with ABC News., Sur in English December 20th to 26th 2019, article by Ignacio Lilo

Photo Source: Pixabay and Private


Perhaps you like to read my previous post on Human-caused extinction. This news is disturbing and alarming.

Human Caused Extinction



Elephants in danger perhaps this will bother you…it sure bothered me. I love Elephants, they are pregnant for two years before they give birth. They have excellent memories and has been proven that like whales they mourn the loss of their young or parents. I would not expect you to publish my comment but thought I would bring it to your attention the cruelty happening to our Elephants. PS. Your humane reaction to saving the little bat is appreciated by me and many like us!

Nov 23.2017 | 03:05 am


    Good Morning Victoria,

    It sure bothers me a lot. Whenever animals are hurt, be they small or big it upsets me. This happened many years ago. My parents were touring Spain on a holiday. Having lunch in a small road cafe the owner wanted to entertain his foreign guests. The house cat was picked up by its tail and the man started to make circles. My father told the man he did not like that at all. This happened some 40 years ago. In general, the people in Spain are more animal loving now. Just recently a woman will serve sentence in jail, the first time in history. She was running an animal shelter. She has the cruel death of 2000 dogs and cats on her conscious.
    Thank you for visiting my website.

    Regards, Taetske

    Nov 23.2017 | 07:14 am


      Wow! We have come a ways, I do remember children being cruel to animals, especially picking on the strays. Thank you for your website awareness and educative articles that Mother Earth and Nature.

      Nov 24.2017 | 02:24 am


        Good Morning Victoria,

        Thank you for visiting my website.
        I have lived my years in Spain always surrounded by a lot of cats and also dogs. Most of these dear animals would just walk in or I went to get them from an animal shelter. Miss Jasmin was saved from the middle of the road in Sept. 2013, she was only 4 weeks old.
        I will continue writing about animals small and big as they, the same as we form part of creation.

        With best wishes, Taetske

        Nov 24.2017 | 07:04 am

Daniel Gonzales

Thank you for sharing this story. It is a shame if this ban gets lifted and I agree with your cause. It is unnecessary to hunt these beautiful creatures and kill animals for sport. I do not understand it and think men can do better things with their time. Hopefully Trump will get impeached before that happens. I can’t believe the american people actually elected him, but that’s a whole other story. 

I feel for the bat in your story as well. I think it’s crazy how people are quick to feel warm and fuzzy for cute animals but completely ugly and willing to kill others that don’t look so good. The problem of animal extinction is something that we all share and need to take on more responsibility. 

I appreciate the video on the Tedtalk about hunting species illegally. You have provided a great amount of information to spread the awareness of this atrocity and what we can do about it. I applaud your efforts and hope that something can be done about this soon. Keep up the great work!

Dec 28.2018 | 07:58 am


    Good afternoon Daniel,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    Yes, that Ted talk is good and has a happy ending. Each human being has to go through their personal experience and hopefully, be enlightened. Sadly many people do not reach this point.

    Mr. Trump is doing more nasty things like opening National Parks to exploitation, mining etc. In Alaska, he pretends to cut 800 years old trees and along the coast, he wants to allow drilling harming sea life. 

    We should take care of our planet as future generations would also like to live here. At the rate, we are destroying everything I am not sure if future generations will be able to do so.

    Regards, Taetske 

    Dec 28.2018 | 02:54 pm

Florence Ki

Yes, human beings are sometimes too vulnerable to what seems right in the society. Just like elephant poaching or even ride on an elephant. This tourist-likened activity has been mushrooming in Asia countries and never have anyone thought about the agony these pitiful elephants have to endure. I hope there’ll be more people like you who can stand up to claim justice for these animals. 

Dec 28.2018 | 08:02 am


    Good afternoon Florence,

    Yes, I have seen those cases myself. In Bankok, while visiting the floating market there was a baby elephant standing so tourists could take photos. I did not get the impression this baby was treated badly but of course it was not allowed to live in its natural habitat.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 28.2018 | 02:54 pm

Emmanuel Buysse

Great and sad post. 

There is evidence everywhere that animals are dying, that the climate is changing. 

And then you have people who choose this leader because they are against multicultural stuff. 

We are one world, one people. 

We need animals as they need us, without them we can’t live. 

Mr Trump doesn’t care anymore because he is too old for it. 

Dec 28.2018 | 08:13 am


    Good afternoon Emmanuel,

    Thank you for your comment. Nice to see you again.

    I fully agree with you. The human race is one big family but sadly not everybody has understood that. We are all equal with the same rights and obligations. One of these obligations is to take care of the environment.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 28.2018 | 02:54 pm


Hi Taetske! I agree wholeheartedly with you. Nothing ruins the environment more than a human being. I am still guilty of not treating the environment with respect, but I try as much as possible.

I believe that the environment should manage itself and human intervention should be carefully planned. And if humans should intervene, it should be done by skilled professionals. Poaching should be something that leaves the 21st century, looking to a brighter future.

Dec 28.2018 | 08:26 am


    Good afternoon Ian,

    Thank you for visiting my website and your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Sadly there are many things in our world which are very wrong. Hopefully, the human race will see the light but I am afraid it will still take a long time for that to happen. We lack the respect we should have for fellow people and the whole world, animals included. Let us hope that 2019 will surprise with some positive news. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

    Regards, Taetske 

    Dec 28.2018 | 02:54 pm


I loved this article. This was very close to my heart. I myself am an animal lover and I believe we are not doing enough for the animals. The need of the hour is leaders who can take up this cause and lead from the front.

So many animals are being killed and poached, and the result is the extinction of different species and imbalance in the ecosystem. I sincerely hope people recognize this and take steps to protect animals. Great article.

Dec 28.2019 | 07:11 am


    Good afternoon Sirshendu,

    Thank you for your visit and for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    Animals are dear to me and seeing what is happening in our world makes me sad. It is so easy for humans to destroy life but we are not capable to give it back. It is a crime to the creation and the human race still has so much to learn before we can advance. 

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 28.2019 | 01:44 pm

Joy gateru

Wow! What a great love for the world’s mother nature, I believe we all have the responsibility to take care of our environment including the animals especially the wild animals.

I am surprised to see the son of Trump holding an elephant tail, that image is really not impressing at all, personally I come from Africa and I can tell how leaders never mind about the wild animals, despite them being one of the greatest tourist attractions to the African countries.

You will find the leader supporting and making deals that endanger the few species left in the world, thank you for sharing such a wonderful article 

Dec 28.2019 | 07:17 am


    Good afternoon Joy,

    It is very sad to see leaders behave this way. The total creation belongs to everybody and we have the obligation to take care of it. Future generations will be upset when they find out how careless we have been. 

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF? Tulip widget.

    Regards, Taetske

    Dec 28.2019 | 01:50 pm

Dave Sweney

I am so totally with you on this post, Taetske…I think it is a shame that we have leaders with no regard for the perilous position we have out this world into. They continue to act like they can abuse the planet and the animals with no consequences. They have no regard for future generations nor for the future of the planet. . I do hope that more sensible leadership comes into power soon…

Jan 04.2020 | 08:21 pm


    Good afternoon Dave

    Thank you for your comment. I really appreciate your visit.

    It is very sad when leaders show no respect for creation. We are so lucky we have this beautiful planet where we can live our life. We should appreciate this and take care of the environment. Next time one votes one should think carefully if this new person really presents a positive for the world or is only interested in power and destruction.

    Regards, Taetske

    Jan 05.2020 | 05:40 pm

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