Wildlife/Marine Mammals

USDA scales back on enforcing Animal Welfare Act violations by puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses

USDA scales back on enforcing Animal Welfare Act violations by puppy mills, roadside zoos and other businesses

In early 2017, with a new administration in office, the U.S. Department of Agriculture deleted its online public database containing thousands of pages of records that the public and animal protection groups depended on to monitor Animal Welfare Act and Horse Protection Act violations. These . . . 

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HSUS, HSI challenge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over information blackout on lion and elephant trophy imports

HSUS, HSI challenge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over information blackout on lion and elephant trophy imports

Each year, American trophy hunters import a staggering 126,000 hunting trophies into the United States. This includes elephants and lions – animals whose numbers in the wild are in decline. That’s right. These animals, listed as threatened with extinction under federal law, are killed, taxidermied . . . 

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Americans furious as Idaho game commission official boasts about killing 14 animals on Africa trip

Americans furious as Idaho game commission official boasts about killing 14 animals on Africa trip

Update: This evening, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter announced that he had asked for — and accepted — the resignation of Blake Fischer. “I have high expectations and standards for every appointee in state government,” Gov. Otter said in a press release. “Every member of my . . . 

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U.S. Forest Service removing 1,000 wild horses in California; some could be sold for slaughter

U.S. Forest Service removing 1,000 wild horses in California; some could be sold for slaughter

A federal agency yesterday started removing nearly 1,000 wild horses from the Devil’s Garden territory in California’s Modoc National Forest. Animals more than 10 years old who are not adopted could be sold to “kill buyers” for a dollar and then end up in a . . . 

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Zinke’s attacks on wildlife at odds with critique of trophy hunting from White House, American public

Zinke’s attacks on wildlife at odds with critique of trophy hunting from White House, American public

During her recent trip to Africa, first lady Melania Trump made more than a few headlines while spending time in the company of wild animals. She fed a baby elephant at an elephant orphanage and went on a safari in Kenya, snapping photographs of zebras, . . . 

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Breaking news: Fashion leader Diane von Furstenberg announces fur-free policy

Breaking news: Fashion leader Diane von Furstenberg announces fur-free policy

Diane von Furstenberg’s namesake brand, DVF, has become the latest luxury fashion company to drop fur from its lineup, with CEO Sandra Campos announcing today that it is “time for us to make this change and accept responsibility to ensure that we don’t promote killing . . . 

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Hawaii leads with a historic decision to ban tigers, elephants and other wild animals in traveling circuses

Hawaii leads with a historic decision to ban tigers, elephants and other wild animals in traveling circuses

In a landmark decision this week, Hawaii has moved to ban dangerous wild animals, including tigers, lions, bears, primates, elephants and crocodiles, from being brought into the state to perform in circuses, carnivals and other public exhibitions. This regulation, approved by the Hawaii Board of . . . 

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One day after court victory, an attempt in Congress to delist Yellowstone grizzly bears

One day after court victory, an attempt in Congress to delist Yellowstone grizzly bears

Less than 24 hours after a court order restored Endangered Species Act protections for Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bears, the mischief in Washington, D.C. has begun again. The ink was hardly dry on Judge Dana Christensen’s order before Congresswoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., last night advanced . . . 

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Support Second Chance Chimpanzee Refuge Liberia on Giving Day for Apes

Support Second Chance Chimpanzee Refuge Liberia on Giving Day for Apes

Last year, I traveled to Liberia where I met more than 60 chimpanzees and the amazing people who care for them at our Second Chance Chimpanzee Refuge Liberia. It was deeply moving to see the chimpanzees who were used for biomedical research and endured great . . . 

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Victory! Court restores Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears

Victory! Court restores Endangered Species Act protections for Yellowstone’s grizzly bears

Yellowstone’s grizzly bears cannot be hunted for trophies, a federal court ruled last night, restoring Endangered Species Act protections for these iconic animals, and shutting down plans by Wyoming and Idaho to open a trophy-hunting season – the first in the continental United States since . . . 

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