Wildlife/Marine Mammals

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

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

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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American trophy hunters target our black bears

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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Taking USDA’s Wildlife Services program to court

Taking USDA’s Wildlife Services program to court

Last month, a federal agent placed an M-44 cyanide bomb on public lands in eastern Idaho. As intended, it detonated, but the agent missed his target and claimed a couple of unintended victims: a 14-year-old boy, Canyon Mansfield, was sprayed as the poison shot out of the explosive device. He survived, but his dog Casey, . . . 

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Disgraceful, unacceptable orca slaughter in
St. Vincent

By on April 5, 2017 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 17 Comments
Disgraceful, unacceptable orca slaughter in <br>St. Vincent

You’ll sometimes hear apologists suggest that whaling is compatible with whale watching, and that the two can flourish together. But the fact is, they really can’t, as a staggering incident last week, off the coast of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, made plain. There, according to local media reports, tourists on a whale-watching expedition were . . . 

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Is China warming on animal welfare, while the U.S. is cooling?

Is China warming on animal welfare, while the U.S. is cooling?

Last week the Chinese government published a list of 67 licensed ivory carving factories and retailers set to close by March 31, with the balance of the other operations slated to shutter by December 31. This is part of a rather astonishing turnaround for a nation long regarded as an outlier on animal welfare. There . . . 

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This week, lawmakers introduced a swirl of major reforms to help animals, taxpayers

This week, lawmakers introduced a swirl of major reforms to help animals, taxpayers

A few years ago, a group of very special citizens trekked from a number of states to Capitol Hill to lobby for a ban on shark finning in U.S. waters. Some of them had a bit of difficulty getting around, parts of their legs missing. Other took extra time to dress for the occasion, given . . . 

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Animal cruelty masquerading as regulatory reform

Animal cruelty masquerading as regulatory reform

As readers of this blog will know and lament, bears and wolves are the latest victims of the anti-regulatory fervor infecting Congress. Last week, in a party-line vote, every Senate Republican voted in favor of a Congressional Review Act resolution rescinding a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rule that banned a host of inhumane . . . 

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USDA using poison explosives to kill wildlife and pets in the West

USDA using poison explosives to kill wildlife and pets in the West

When young Canyon Mansfield and Casey, his three-year-old Lab, headed out together to play in the area behind their home in eastern Idaho, they hardly expected the walk to be their last together. Without notifying a soul, and in violation of their agreement not to place sodium cyanide M-44s on federal public lands, agents with . . . 

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A Senate Republican attack on animals menaces grizzlies, wolves in Alaska

A Senate Republican attack on animals menaces grizzlies, wolves in Alaska

I tossed and turned almost the entire night. It wasn’t a nightmare that roiled me. It was yesterday’s awful spectacle in the U.S. Senate. By a 52 to 47 vote, senators approved, on a party-line vote, their colleague Dan Sullivan’s resolution to rescind a 2016 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service rulemaking action that forbids the . . . 

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