Humane Society International
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora meeting ended today, and the results were mixed, I am sorry to say. Still, I am pleased to report that we achieved new or improved protection for dozens of species affected by international trade.
In addition to the enormous gains we made to help billions of animals through our big-picture work in 2009, I was pleased to inventory how much we accomplished, and how many animals we helped, through direct care programs.
This summer a 2-year-old girl in Florida was strangled and killed by an 8-foot long Burmese python who escaped from an enclosure in a private home. This was just the latest tragedy in a series of lethal incidents involving large constricting snakes kept as pets. USGSAn . . .
A feature story in The Washington Post about a lost dog caught my eye recently, a heartwarming tale written by Pam Constable. Pam’s not only a brave and intrepid reporter, but she’s become a one-woman army fighting to protect stray animals in Afghanistan.