Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Never an excuse for malicious cruelty to domesticated or wild animals

Never an excuse for malicious cruelty to domesticated or wild animals

In late December 2015, Hawaii conservation officers found a dead bird the size of a small child buried in a nest on the Hawaiian island of Oahu, and a stick next to the nest. Sadly, that marker was a faint indicator of a crime committed by a group of young men. Officers would later determine . . . 

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‘See you in court,’ The HSUS tells feds on grizzly bear plans

‘See you in court,’ The HSUS tells feds on grizzly bear plans

The HSUS, along with its affiliate the Fund for Animals, today filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) over its removal of federal protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. By taking away the “threatened” status for bears under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the federal . . . 

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Trump administration puts Yellowstone grizzlies in the crosshairs

Trump administration puts Yellowstone grizzlies in the crosshairs

Despite having received more than half a million citizen comments opposing the action, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it is removing federal Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and effectively transferring management authority over these animals to Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. State authorities and wildlife . . . 

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Breaking news: New York City bans use of wild animals in circuses

Breaking news: New York City bans use of wild animals in circuses

Following the lead of Los Angeles – which took the same action two months ago – the New York City Council, the lawmaking body for the City of New York’s eight million residents, voted today to ban wild animal acts in circuses (after a one-year phase-in). The New York City Council embraced the policy in . . . 

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Department of Commerce move to nix protections for whales, dolphins, turtles makes no sense

Department of Commerce move to nix protections for whales, dolphins, turtles makes no sense

On Monday, the Trump administration announced that it was cancelling plans that would have protected whales, dolphins, and endangered sea turtles from high levels of drowning deaths in drift gillnets set off the California coast. The most puzzling thing about this announcement is that the fishery itself had supported the plan. It’s yet one more . . . 

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States on the attack against black bears, grizzly bears

States on the attack against black bears, grizzly bears

Throughout the country, humans are crossing paths with bears, and in almost every case, the bears end up on the losing side. This week, near the top of Togwotee Pass in Wyoming, a photographer snapped a picture of a grizzly bear with a Conibear-style furbearer trap clamped over one paw. Conibear traps are the biggest . . . 

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Some British politicians threaten to make foxhunting legal again

Some British politicians threaten to make foxhunting legal again

Election update: Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans to overturn the U.K.’s ban on hound hunting of foxes is almost certainly dead in the water, with the Tories losing their majority in Parliament and requiring a partnership with one or more of the smaller parties to retain control of the government. The Labour Party, which is . . . 

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Online retailer for Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Burberry goes fur-free

Online retailer for Prada, Gucci, Michael Kors, and Burberry goes fur-free

One of the world’s leading online retailers for high fashion has joined the fur-free wagon, building the momentum of our campaign to keep fur off the racks and on the backs of wild animals. This morning, Yoox Net-A-Porter (YNAP), a popular and expanding presence in the luxury fashion world with revenues of more than $2.1 . . . 

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Nevada joins list of U.S. states to ban trafficking in ivory, rhino horn, and shark fins

Nevada joins list of U.S. states to ban trafficking in ivory, rhino horn, and shark fins

In recent days, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has signed a series of animal protection bills into law, including a measure to crack down on wildlife trafficking. It’s the latest example of policy makers and animal advocates teaming up to stop the killing of wild animals for small parts of their bodies, such as fins or . . . 

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Japan’s infamous dolphin hunts target two new species

Japan’s infamous dolphin hunts target two new species

The 2009 documentary “The Cove,” by Louie Psihoyos, pulled back the curtain on Japan’s Taiji dolphin hunt, which gave vivid images and details of the gruesome annual killing of dolphins at an isolated inlet in a small town in Wakayama Prefecture. The swell of outrage against this hunt, which kills about 1,000 dolphins and small . . . 

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