Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Even as the Lion King breaks box office records, real world challenges for lions remain

Even as the Lion King breaks box office records, real world challenges for lions remain

The Lion King is breaking box office records worldwide, with $1.335 billion in cumulative global box office receipts, including $472.8 million in the United States, as of last weekend. More importantly, it’s delighting audiences everywhere, which is hardly surprising, given the deep appeal that animals . . . 

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A new HSUS video underscores the harms caused by trophy hunting of mountain lions

By on August 13, 2019 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 0 Comments
A new HSUS video underscores the harms caused by trophy hunting of mountain lions

A new video we’ve released blows the lid off of a dirty secret, that America’s iconic mountain lions are being killed at unsustainably high numbers for nothing more than trophies. In our video, you can learn from leading scientists about the myths behind trophy hunting . . . 

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Federal government finalizes changes to weaken Endangered Species Act

By on August 12, 2019 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment
Federal government finalizes changes to weaken Endangered Species Act

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson In the past two years, our federal government has waged war against the Endangered Species Act, the bedrock law that protects endangered and threatened animal species and their habitats. Today, despite our hopes that it would take the steps . . . 

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Seeing wolves at Denali? Let’s hope it’s not too late

Seeing wolves at Denali? Let’s hope it’s not too late

Update: On August 13, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Doug Vincent-Lang denied an emergency petition from 60 Alaska residents asking the agency to close wolf hunting and trapping on lands adjacent to Denali National Park. He ruled that an emergency order to stop . . . 

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Brutal attack on tiger in India is a reminder of the problems big cats face in the modern world

Brutal attack on tiger in India is a reminder of the problems big cats face in the modern world

It’s a difficult video to watch: a mob of men armed with sticks and spears repeatedly strike a tiger lying on the grass with shouts of “kill, kill.” They beat the animal so badly, according to media reports, that she died of shock hours later . . . 

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This Shark Week, help save sharks from cruelties like finning

This Shark Week, help save sharks from cruelties like finning

By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson There was a time when sharks were routinely portrayed by popular media as aggressive and ruthless predators — animals to be afraid of and to avoid, or even worse, to kill. But today, with growing awareness and increasingly positive . . . 

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Romania to allow the killing of 140 bears over human-wildlife conflicts, but there’s a better way forward 

Romania to allow the killing of 140 bears over human-wildlife conflicts, but there’s a better way forward 

Romania, which halted trophy hunting of its native carnivores in 2016, this week said it will allow the killing of 140 bears. The hunting quota was announced in response to reports of bear-human conflicts, with videos shared on social media showing people getting very close . . . 

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HSUS/HSI undercover investigation reveals thriving market for ivory in Washington, D.C.

HSUS/HSI undercover investigation reveals thriving market for ivory in Washington, D.C.

Despite growing awareness about the havoc wreaked upon elephants by ivory poachers, our country – and our nation’s capital – are among the world’s biggest markets for ivory. Today, we’re releasing our latest investigation that has uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of ivory . . . 

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Couple kissing next to lion they killed spark global outrage, highlighting urgency for ending trophy hunting

Couple kissing next to lion they killed spark global outrage, highlighting urgency for ending trophy hunting

The latest controversy surrounding lurid social media posts by trophy hunters has prompted a predictable response — global outrage and a wave of tweet storms directed at the individuals involved. This time around, it’s a Canadian couple who posed for a kiss over the dead . . . 

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Spain’s cruel bullfights have no place in the 21st century

Spain’s cruel bullfights have no place in the 21st century

The annual running of the bulls at Pamplona has just come to a close in Spain, where I am traveling for work. With the San Fermin festival now over, the world can once more take account of the scores of bulls chased, tormented and killed . . . 

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Florida’s inhumane solution to its iguana problem is doomed to failure

Florida’s inhumane solution to its iguana problem is doomed to failure

Florida, in the midst of an explosion in the population of green iguanas, is actively encouraging residents to kill the animals “whenever possible” around their homes or on public lands. This irresponsible directive from the state’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is not accompanied by . . . 

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States, localities forge ahead on banning puppy mills, cage confinement, killing contests and more

States, localities forge ahead on banning puppy mills, cage confinement, killing contests and more

In May this year, Washington’s governor signed into law the strongest legislative protections for egg-laying hens anywhere in the world. Nevada became the second state in the country, after California, to pass a law banning cosmetics testing on animals. And New Mexico passed a law . . . 

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