Karlskrona is a locality and the seat of Karlskrona Municipality, Blekinge County, Sweden with 35,212 inhabitants in 2010. It is also the capital of Blekinge County. Karlskrona is known as Sweden's only baroque city and is host to Sweden's only remaining naval base and the headquarters of the Swedish Coast Guard.
What is CITES?
CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Widespread information nowadays about the endangered status of many prominent species, such as the tiger and elephants, might make the need for such a convention seem obvious. But at the time when the ideas for CITES were first formed, in the 1960s, international discussion of the regulation of wildlife trade for conservation purposes was something relatively new. With hindsight, the need for CITES is clear. Annually, international wildlife trade is estimated to be worth billions of dollars and to include hundreds of millions of plant and animal specimens. The trade is diverse, ranging from live animals and plants to a vast array of wildlife products derived from them, including food products, exotic leather goods, wooden musical instruments, timber, tourist curios and medicines. Levels of exploitation of some animal and plant species are high and the trade in them, together with other factors, such as habitat loss, is capable of heavily depleting their populations and even bringing some species close to extinction. Many wildlife species in trade are not endangered, but the existence of an agreement to ensure the sustainability of the trade is important in order to safeguard these resources for the future.
1. Never run around horses. While there are occasional exceptions, in most cases, running (as opposed to walking really fast) generally only gets horses excited and makes them misbehave more. Running AT a horse often will result in either the horse running away or it getting frightened.
2. When approaching a horse, never approach directly from the rear. You can almost always approach at an angle. Approaching from directly behind puts you in the horse’s blind spot, and just like driving in a semi’s blind spot is bad, a horse that is startled by a noise from behind will often kick with its hind legs first before running away.
Horse people have their own specialized vocabulary, like most hobbies or occupations. Some of these words are familiar to non-horsemen, but most are very arcane. Some can even be a source of confusion to the non-initiate. If the SHTF and you need something for your horse, it will behoove you to use the correct terminology. And it would really really suck to spend a long time bartering for what you thought was something you needed to discover that it wasn’t what you thought it was after all!