Welcome to 2014. With a new year comes a new news page. This "old" one--Animal Poaching News--will still remain here for archival purposes (covering January 2009-December 2013), but for all 2014 animal news postings you will now need to access the Animal Poaching News, 2014 page, instead. (Note that additional, older posts will continually be added to this 2009-2013 page/archive as they become available, time permitting.)
In terms of indexing, there will be significant changes for 2014. This "old" (2009-2013) news page was extensively indexed in order to get around the web host's "primitive" software, which doesn't even indicate tag categories for individual postings; it only shows the user one, very long list of all tag categories. That shortcoming made the site practically unusable, which is why the separate "where," "topics," and "species" pages were created; without them, using the tag categories as an index of sorts had become completely unmanageable. Alas, the 2014 posts will not be included in any of those old (2009-2013) tag categories.
The new (2014) page will only include a select number of far fewer, generic tag categories--groupings of related themes/topics--and not the old, lengthy list of (over 1200) highly specialized categories. That long list played havoc with the host's software and hardware, and this site nearly had to be shut down as a result. The new format isn't ideal, but it is what it is; 2015 may find us with something altogether new again? We'll just have to see how it goes. January 8th update: It seems that the host (Weebly) no longer caress about increasing hosting issues, so they're no longer even responding to identified problems and, as such, the new page--Animal Poaching News, 2014--will have no tag categories whatsoever due to worsening conditions. This makes that page in large measure useless (except as a place to simply read current postings) because, without any tag categories, it's therefore unindexed and not terribly useful for you, the user. Apologies are in order, but, until and unless Weebly fixes and upgrades their software--or this site is able to secure some funding to move it elsewhere/rebuild it professionally--that's simply all that can be done; it is what is, unfortunately.
As well, the format of the new (2014) page will change somewhat in appearance. It will show a good deal more of each news item (followed by the "More.." link to access the remainder of the original posting, if necessary). There will still only be textual materials posted, however. This is done in order to save storage space, but also because the photos and videos that accompany most animal poaching stories elsewhere are typically "filler" and a clever way to grab one's attention while rarely adding anything significant to the story or news article. Many of the "major" sites that address animal-poaching-related issues post many pictures of "cute," healthy animals in an attempt to get you, the visiting public, to sympathize with those cuddly animals. The reality, however, is that poached animals do not look like that, and that most wild animals are nowadays stressed to the max, which means they barely resemble the ones portrayed in such glossy, advertisement-quality photos, many of which are even retouched. In sum, this will remain a "bare bones" site and merely post the actual facts of the story in question.
BUT, EVEN MORE CHANGES--in this case, dollar$!--ARE NEEDED
What's urgent, of course, is a new, specialized, custom-built, far more sophisticated website, at which point everything that exists up until to that coveted moment can merely exist as an archive linked to the new site. In addition to the tag category matter, numerous additional problems exist with the site/web host (see "Sticky" Notes Part 1 and "Sticky Notes Part 2 for some background). However, a custom-built website costs money and, until there are adequate resources, there's no specific target date on the horizon for a new website yet. As always, please feel free to communicate any thoughts you may have on how to raise that money. And do feel free to donate toward that end. January 8th update: Since writing this, money has, alas, become even more critical to the site's survival. I detest sounding so desperate, but, if you feel the site is worthwhile (especially as it was designed between 2009-2013, but with many additional features, and to remain ad-free), then please, please consider donating something. I'm not very good at begging, so there's only one additional thing I'll say about it: The way things are devolving, there's an excellent chance that this site may not even be here the next time you return; and, again, this merely adds to the need for a new, professionally-built site, which requires money that is, at present, nowhere to be found. To donate, or to add a comment, see the contact/donation page.
A new website is only the beginning, though--we have a huge task ahead in order to eradicate animal poaching entirely (stay tuned because new features are coming to this site)--but a better-functioning, more user-driven website is imperative. Your help is also critical. Please take a look at some of the goals outlined here, and lend a hand (or two) wherever possible. More importantly, please do suggest other options to reach those--or other, more lofty--goals. Some of you have written and asked about the potential for this site/organization morphing into an advocacy-based enterprise. I very much like that idea, but, again, that requires even a larger amount of financial backing than a new website would cost. Money is key, and there's no getting around that fact. Whatever suggestions and/or visions you might have would be most appreciated. Yours might be the one idea that really gets the ball moving, and the sooner the hideous practice of animal poaching ceases, the better off we, the animals, and indeed the whole planet will be.
YOU'RE NEARLY THERE!
Many thanks for your understanding, for returning again and again to the site, for telling others about it, and for taking the time to read this update. Head on over to Animal Poaching News, 2014, and please do use the contact/suggestion page; likewise, be sure to post a comment (or four) on the No Animal Poaching Forum page, as that's what it's there for. By the way, you can also post an entire op-ed, opinion/discussion piece (via the contact page) on the Forum section of the site, by forwarding it so it can be put up for others to read and comment on; if relevant, you could become a regular blogger on the site. The options are many. Wishing you all the very best for the new year!!
P.S.--Note that No Animal Poaching is now on Twitter -- @NoAnimalPoachin -- more recently on Facebook -- NoAnimalPoaching -- and, most recently, Google+ -- gplus.to/noanimalpoaching. See ya there!