Trump should leave national monuments alone

By on April 27, 2017 with 3 Comments
Trump should leave national monuments alone

It is unsettling that President Trump has called for a review of protected areas established by his predecessors under the Antiquities Act. Set-asides of the last, best places in the United States, both terrestrial and marine environments, has been a legacy for both Republican and Democrat presidents, and the Antiquities Act has been a critical . . . 

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Breaking news: Mexico adopts felony-level penalties for dogfighting

By on April 26, 2017 with 12 Comments
Breaking news: Mexico adopts felony-level penalties for dogfighting

In a groundbreaking victory for countless dogs caught up in Mexico’s animal fighting trade, the nation’s Senate has put the final stamp of approval on a comprehensive law that bans all dogfighting in the country and establishes tough penalties, including imprisonment and fines, for anyone involved in dogfighting activities like organizing fights, owning or trading . . . 

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Breaking news: Los Angeles to ban use of all wild animals in circuses

By on April 25, 2017 with 24 Comments
Breaking news: Los Angeles to ban use of all wild animals in circuses

The city council of the nation’s second largest city – and the capital of the entertainment industry – today unanimously voted to ban the exhibition of wild or exotic animals for entertainment, including circuses, other wild animal shows, displays in public areas such as on sidewalks or parks, and rentals for house parties or events. . . . 

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Cecil’s cousins under attack here in the U.S.

By on April 24, 2017 with 36 Comments
Cecil’s cousins under attack here in the U.S.

Imagine the terror. Without warning, a lion hears chaotic barking from a pack of dogs. The barking gets louder as the dogs close in on her. She runs in the opposite direction. The barking continues. Winded, she uses her extraordinary muscles and claws to climb a tree as nimbly and effortlessly as a squirrel, and . . . 

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Breaking news: Florida commissioners reject trophy hunt, spare bears for at least two years

By on April 20, 2017 with 4 Comments
Breaking news: Florida commissioners reject trophy hunt, spare bears for at least two years

In yet another dramatic turn in a long-running battle over contrasting views of proper wildlife management, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted by a 4-3 margin not to proceed with a black bear hunt in Florida. The especially good news is that the commissioners voted to maintain the moratorium through the end of . . . 

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The HSUS calls on the United States to stand tall and provide enhanced protections for giraffes

By on April 19, 2017 with 6 Comments
The HSUS calls on the United States to stand tall and provide enhanced protections for giraffes

What kind of person shoots a giraffe to obtain a trophy? How difficult is it to shoot the tallest animal in the world? Imagine seeing a creature this size crumple to the ground after a trophy hunter’s bullets tear through the beautiful, patterned fur markings and into the creature’s flesh? As the largest importer of . . . 

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Facebook killer may have had a history of animal abuse

By on April 19, 2017 with 3 Comments
Facebook killer may have had a history of animal abuse

The murder of Robert Godwin, Sr., with a shot to the face on Easter Sunday, jarred the nation. The perpetrator uploaded the encounter to Facebook for all to see, in an act that blended violence and vanity in the most macabre way. Steve Stephens opened his car door and picked his victim at random, gunning . . . 

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American trophy hunters target our black bears

By on April 18, 2017 with 10 Comments
American trophy hunters target our black bears

Yesterday, Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, rightly urged the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to forego a trophy hunt for black bears in the state, as it did last year after an outpouring of concern from residents. Connecticut is going through a similar debate, with its small black bear population, and there’s . . . 

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Animal factories exact enormous toll on local communities, taxpayers, and animals

By on April 17, 2017 with 3 Comments
Animal factories exact enormous toll on local communities, taxpayers, and animals

Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals nullified a Bush-era regulation that gave something of a free pass to factory farms that pollute the air and water. The regulation wrongly exempted factory farms from any obligation to report releases of toxic air emissions, including ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, which can cause so many problems . . . 

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Breaking news: Massive animal neglect case in Georgia

By on April 14, 2017 with 27 Comments
Breaking news: Massive animal neglect case in Georgia

On Wednesday, the head of our Animal Crimes unit received an urgent call from authorities in Habersham County, in far northeast Georgia near the South Carolina border, about animals in possible distress at a property there. After receiving a barking complaint, Officer Wayne Higgins of Habersham County Department of Animal Care and Control took a . . . 

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