Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Botswana sells 60 elephants for trophy hunts at first auction since it ended ban

Botswana sells 60 elephants for trophy hunts at first auction since it ended ban

Botswana today auctioned off the lives of 60 of its elephants, giving trophy hunters around the world a license to kill these gentle giants for fun. This was the first elephant auction held since the country lifted a five-year ban on such hunts last year; . . . 

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State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

State of the animals under the Trump administration: a year of highs and lows

This past year has been a mixed one for animals under President Donald Trump. On the one hand we’ve seen federal agencies take steps to improve the fortunes of animals used in testing and the wild horses and burros on our public ranges, and also . . . 

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860 animal lives on offer at trophy hunters’ Reno convention; elephants, wolves, leopards and black bears in peril

860 animal lives on offer at trophy hunters’ Reno convention; elephants, wolves, leopards and black bears in peril

Next Wednesday, trophy hunters with a yen for slaying some of the world’s most endangered and threatened animals will gather in Reno, Nevada, for the annual Safari Club International convention. This is perhaps one of the world’s largest such gatherings, and it’s a grim affair. . . . 

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BREAKING NEWS: Key House committee votes to reverse Trump administration’s harmful changes to Endangered Species Act

BREAKING NEWS: Key House committee votes to reverse Trump administration’s harmful changes to Endangered Species Act

Last year, the Trump administration finalized regulations that gutted the Endangered Species Act, making it harder to grant and maintain federal protections for species that are fighting for survival. Today, the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee voted to reverse those dangerous changes by approving the . . . 

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Coronavirus offers more proof why China needs to shut down live wild animal markets for good

Coronavirus offers more proof why China needs to shut down live wild animal markets for good

The Chinese wildlife trade is mired in long-held beliefs about the benefits of eating exotic and often endangered animals for good health. But the reality stands in stark contrast. The markets in China where live wild animals, including endangered species like pangolins, are bought and . . . 

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Twenty-five years after their return, Yellowstone wolves face new challenges

Twenty-five years after their return, Yellowstone wolves face new challenges

It is exactly 25 years this month since 14 wolves from Canada were brought to Yellowstone National Park, an area that had not seen a single wolf in 70 years because of trophy hunting and trapping. Almost immediately, the animals began reshaping the landscape, regenerating . . . 

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New building makes room for more chimpanzees to retire at Project Chimps

New building makes room for more chimpanzees to retire at Project Chimps

I arrived at Project Chimps yesterday just as dinner was being served to its residents: 79 retired research chimpanzees who now call this verdant, 236-acre sanctuary nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Georgia their home. The building we were in is a brand-new, state-of-the-art . . . 

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HSI responders saving koalas, kangaroos and other animals in wildfire-ravaged Australia

HSI responders saving koalas, kangaroos and other animals in wildfire-ravaged Australia

The Humane Society International rescue team’s reports from Australia’s Kangaroo Island describe an “apocalyptic” scene. Once a critical wildlife habitat celebrated the world over for its pristine wilderness, Kangaroo Island has been ravaged by the recent bushfires, with at least 600 square miles of land . . . 

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Norwegian company fires U.S. executive amidst rising public sentiment against trophy hunting

Norwegian company fires U.S. executive amidst rising public sentiment against trophy hunting

Public disapproval of trophy hunting and the havoc trophy hunters wreak on the world’s endangered and threatened wildlife is on the rise, both here in the United States and around the globe. We recently saw a striking example of this in play when a Norwegian . . . 

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Breaking news: Pennsylvania charges two teens who abused a dying deer with animal cruelty under Libre’s Law

Breaking news: Pennsylvania charges two teens who abused a dying deer with animal cruelty under Libre’s Law

In November, Americans were stunned by a viral video that showed two teenagers kicking and stomping an injured white tail deer they had just shot. In the 30-second clip, Alex Smith, 18, and his companion could be seen laughing and ripping off one of the . . . 

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Nebraska once again opens its fragile mountain lion population to trophy hunters

Nebraska once again opens its fragile mountain lion population to trophy hunters

Last week, a trophy hunter killed a mountain lion in Nebraska and posted a photo of himself on social media with the dead animal, a one-and-a-half-year-old male. While most Americans would find this unnecessary killing of a majestic native carnivore horrifying by itself, the facts . . . 

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HSI will deploy this week to help animals affected by Australian wildfires

HSI will deploy this week to help animals affected by Australian wildfires

Wildfires ravaging the Australian continent have killed 25 people and are taking an unprecedented toll on the country’s rich wildlife and other animals. We have all seen these heart-wrenching images in the media: dead koalas scattered across scorched landscapes; frightened cows standing under orange-red skies . . . 

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