Archive for October, 2015
The news that the government of Zimbabwe elected not to charge long-time Safari Club International member Walter Palmer with any impropriety for slaying Cecil the lion reached me as I was taking part in a conference on the protection of carnivores in North America. Cecil’s grisly . . .
In yet another unmistakable indicator that we are moving decisively closer to ending the intensive confinement of farm animals, the nation’s third largest egg producer this morning announced that moving forward, “cage-free egg production will become the company’s standard.” Rembrandt Foods, based in Spirit Lake, . . .
Today, at a press conference in Portland, Oregon, we launched a statewide ballot initiative to protect some of the planet’s most iconic animals – 12 different taxa, including elephants, rhinos, lions, sea turtles, rays, and sharks, all facing a range of human-caused threats that jeopardize . . .
SeaWorld took yet another blow yesterday, when the California Coastal Commission approved the company’s plan to expand its orca pools only on the condition that it breed no more orcas at the facility, transfer no orcas out, and import no new orcas to the facility. SeaWorld’s . . .
Fires and floods are in the news, taking human lives, disrupting home and work life, and putting animals at risk. The stories coming out of South Carolina and California – two states swollen and scorched by major natural disasters – are heartbreaking. Animals who died in a . . .
The timing itself suggests an extraordinary degree of tone-deafness. Just weeks after the Walter Palmer trophy-hunting escapade in Zimbabwe made international headlines, and the day after MSNBC releases a damning anti-trophy hunting documentary called Blood Lions, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee is poised to . . .
There was worldwide outrage when the public learned that Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer flew halfway across the world to southern Africa to lure a mighty beast out of a national park in Zimbabwe, and shoot him with an arrow – just to mount the lion’s . . .
The Bureau of Land Management has proposed a round-up and removal of approximately 1,705 horses from Wyoming’s Red Desert Complex– nearly two-thirds of the total number of horses the agency removed from public lands across 10 states for all of last year. If this massive operation . . .
You could argue that it’s the year of the elephant – with Ringling Bros. announcing it will phase out its use of elephants in traveling acts, California lawmakers passing bills to ban the bullhook, Hawaii’s governor barring elephant acts, and both China and the federal . . .