Wildlife/Marine Mammals

American imports of giraffe trophies and body parts are driving the animals to extinction

American imports of giraffe trophies and body parts are driving the animals to extinction

Giraffes, with their iconic long necks and unmistakable, beautifully patterned coats, are facing extinction. There are currently fewer than 69,000 mature individuals remaining in the wild today. And the threats of habitat loss and illegal hunting for bushmeat are only exacerbated by demand for giraffe . . . 

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US government agency reportedly killed 8 wolf pups in their den

US government agency reportedly killed 8 wolf pups in their den

In the spring, wolf dens are usually full of young pups being raised by their parents and helper wolves, but when one den in Idaho was discovered vacant earlier this year, biologists worked on uncovering the reason. Today, the Washington Post reported that eight wolf . . . 

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Massive win for migratory birds as much-needed protection gets restored

Massive win for migratory birds as much-needed protection gets restored

North American bird populations have declined by three billion birds since 1970, which is just one of the reasons why the Migratory Bird Treaty Act has been such an important source of protection for birds for decades. So, it felt like a terrible threat when . . . 

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There’s still time to speak out against bear hunts that put mothers and newborn cubs in danger

By on October 6, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 11 Comments
There’s still time to speak out against bear hunts that put mothers and newborn cubs in danger

For all of us, fall is a time for winter preparation. For black bears, that means packing on the pounds to build a fat layer robust enough to withstand months of winter hibernation without eating, and even more so for female bears who will birth . . . 

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Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

Saving Cecil’s descendants from trophy hunting

In August, reports began to surface that a lion in Zimbabwe, who was beloved by local communities, was likely lured out of Hwange National Park and allegedly killed by an American trophy hunter. His name was Mopane. For anyone who followed the story of Cecil . . . 

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Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

Spinner dolphins finally get the much-needed protection they deserve

Hawaiian spinner dolphins, named for their acrobatic displays like leaping out of the water and spinning in the air, are nocturnal. To make it harder for sharks to detect them, they hunt for food and socialize at night. During the day, they rest in sheltered . . . 

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Wolves in the Northern Rockies move closer to getting protections they desperately need

Wolves in the Northern Rockies move closer to getting protections they desperately need

Wolves in the Northern Rockies may warrant federal protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced last week, largely because of extreme wolf-killing laws recently passed in Idaho and Montana. The agency’s decision comes in response to a legal petition . . . 

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As assaults against wolves mount, Biden Administration misses the mark

By on August 23, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments
As assaults against wolves mount, Biden Administration misses the mark

Our nation’s assault on wildlife has been going on for centuries, with a staggering toll of animal loss that dates back to our colonial past. Over those hundreds of years, you’d be hard-pressed to identify a more vilified and persecuted species than the wolf. Today, . . . 

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Termed out Wisconsin board chair plays politics with wolves’ lives in the balance

By on August 20, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments
Termed out Wisconsin board chair plays politics with wolves’ lives in the balance

In every state where we’re working to protect wolves from trophy hunters and trappers, the political nature of the fight is obvious. But the tragic impacts of political gamesmanship involving wolves are especially evident in the controversy surrounding Wisconsin Natural Resources Board chair Frederick Prehn’s . . . 

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Ann Arbor’s ban on fur sales is part of a larger fight to save wildlife

By on August 17, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 5 Comments
Ann Arbor’s ban on fur sales is part of a larger fight to save wildlife

With yesterday’s passage of an ordinance banning the sale of certain fur products, Ann Arbor, Michigan’s City Council scored a pair of firsts. The 10-member council’s unanimous vote made Ann Arbor not only the first city in the Midwest to prohibit the sale of fur, . . . 

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Here’s what the infrastructure bill could mean for animals

By on August 11, 2021 in Equine, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 1 Comment
Here’s what the infrastructure bill could mean for animals

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed the $1 trillion infrastructure package, which includes funding for a vast array of public works. Included in this massive bill are some hugely important steps for animals, as well as some opportunities for us to push to strengthen the . . . 

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A rescued tiger’s first summer at our animal sanctuary

A rescued tiger’s first summer at our animal sanctuary

There are many things we can learn from animals, but one thing that never fails to move me to my core is their resilience. Whether it’s witnessing the dogs learn to play after being saved from dog meat farms in South Korea or seeing my . . . 

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