Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Animals are in limbo because U.S. Congress is stalled on funding. Here’s what you can do.

Animals are in limbo because U.S. Congress is stalled on funding. Here’s what you can do.

Right now in Washington, D.C., a single urgent plot line threads together the fate of many animals: wild species threatened by trophy hunting or the commercial wildlife trade, the North Atlantic right whale, the nation’s wild horses, the former research chimpanzees waiting for sanctuary, the . . . 

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Victory! After public outcry, there will be no spring bear hunt in Washington

By on November 19, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments
Victory! After public outcry, there will be no spring bear hunt in Washington

Today, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to set aside the 2022 spring bear hunt! The 4-4 vote means that mother bears and their dependent cubs will be protected from trophy hunting at a time when they are most vulnerable. Bears need time to . . . 

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Americans love black bears—so why do cruel trophy hunts keep happening?

Americans love black bears—so why do cruel trophy hunts keep happening?

This time of year is a special moment in the lives of black bears. After consuming about 20,000 calories and gaining three to five pounds every day during the late summer and early fall, black bears head to their winter dens. Because bears hibernate in . . . 

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Victory! Infrastructure package includes historic wins for wild animals and biodiversity

Victory! Infrastructure package includes historic wins for wild animals and biodiversity

There are few among us who have not been saddened by the demoralizing sight of animals along our roads who have died in vehicle collisions. For anyone who has had this experience or had the heartbreaking misfortune to be involved in such an accident, there’s . . . 

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Victory! British Columbia bans mink fur farming

By on November 10, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 2 Comments
Victory! British Columbia bans mink fur farming

This week, people all over the world are celebrating a landmark decision by the government in British Columbia, Canada, to end mink farming in the province. The measures include a permanent ban on breeding minks and a phase-out of keeping live minks on farms by . . . 

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Breaking: New lawsuit aims to save leopards from American trophy hunters

Breaking: New lawsuit aims to save leopards from American trophy hunters

African leopards are magnificently powerful animals who can take down prey animals ten times their size. But despite their strength, leopards are no match for trophy hunters, who go to great lengths to lure the animals to their deaths and bring back their body parts . . . 

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Undercover investigation exposes where hunting trophies end up

Undercover investigation exposes where hunting trophies end up

American trophy hunters target hundreds of thousands of animals in the U.S. and abroad every year just to display the gruesome keepsakes of their kills. Now, a new undercover investigation by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International reveals where so . . . 

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Hunters kill a dozen bears in Missouri’s first-ever bear trophy hunt

By on October 29, 2021 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 3 Comments
Hunters kill a dozen bears in Missouri’s first-ever bear trophy hunt

Any time an animal is gunned down by a trophy hunter, ecosystems are disrupted, and families are torn apart—yet such killings happen all the time, across the country and throughout the world. So, it’s a particularly sad predicament that those of us who seek to . . . 

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

Update 11/19/2021: Today, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted to not allow the 2022 spring bear hunt! The 4-4 vote means that mother bears and their dependent cubs will be protected from trophy hunting at a time when they are most vulnerable. For all . . . 

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