On World Health Day, a global reckoning with COVID-19 is urgent

By on April 7, 2020 with 1 Comment
On World Health Day, a global reckoning with COVID-19 is urgent

Like an alarm bell in the night, COVID-19 has cut through the uneasy silence of the world’s failure to address pandemic illness tied to the trade, transport and consumption of wildlife. The notion that we could have prevented COVID-19 by taking decisive steps to curb . . . 

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Today’s mix on Morning Joe: Wildlife markets, factory farms and the COVID-19 crisis

By on April 6, 2020 with 4 Comments
Today’s mix on Morning Joe: Wildlife markets, factory farms and the COVID-19 crisis

I appeared today on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to speak about the COVID-19 crisis and wildlife markets with Humane Society International’s Peter Li and our colleague Gene Baur of Farm Sanctuary. Together, we made the case for an immediate end to wildlife markets all over the . . . 

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Breaking news: Fauci calls for closing down wildlife markets around the globe

By on April 3, 2020 with 15 Comments
Breaking news: Fauci calls for closing down wildlife markets around the globe

The nation’s most authoritative voice on infectious diseases today sounded a stern warning about the dangers of the wildlife trade and its relationship to pandemic diseases like COVID-19. In an interview with Fox News, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci called for the global community to pressure . . . 

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Shenzhen bans dog and cat meat trade; first city in mainland China to do so

By on April 2, 2020 with 19 Comments
Shenzhen bans dog and cat meat trade; first city in mainland China to do so

Shenzhen has become the first city in mainland China to ban the consumption of dog and cat meat, marking one of the biggest wins yet in the global battle to end the dog meat trade. This is China’s fifth largest city. Although not itself a . . . 

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Coronavirus crisis increases need to help victims of domestic violence and their pets

By on April 1, 2020 with 3 Comments
Coronavirus crisis increases need to help victims of domestic violence and their pets

With hundreds of millions of people required to stay indoors during the coronavirus pandemic, the media is reporting an alarming increase in domestic violence incidents the world over. This includes the United States where calls to help lines have jumped dramatically. It is a problem . . . 

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Law enforcement officers step up for animals in the midst of a pandemic

By on March 31, 2020 with 9 Comments
Law enforcement officers step up for animals in the midst of a pandemic

Across the nation, law enforcement officers—despite facing unprecedented challenges during the coronavirus pandemic—are hard at work to ensure that animals who need their help are neither forgotten nor left behind. Since the crisis began, our state directors have reached out to government officials to ensure . . . 

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The killing of Takaya, Canada’s famous lone wolf, highlights urgent need to outlaw trophy hunting

By on March 30, 2020 with 14 Comments
The killing of Takaya, Canada’s famous lone wolf, highlights urgent need to outlaw trophy hunting

The killing last week of Takaya, the lone wolf of Canada’s Discovery Island whose story of survival and resilience captivated people around the globe, is a grim reminder of the uphill battle wolves face in the modern world. This was a legendary young wolf, with . . . 

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Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ is a wake-up call for ending private possession of big cats

By on March 27, 2020 with 48 Comments
Netflix’s ‘Tiger King’ is a wake-up call for ending private possession of big cats

A decade ago, our undercover investigation delved into the bizarre world of Joseph Maldonado-Passage (aka Joe Exotic) and his roadside zoo, GW Exotics. For years, Joe and his band of untrained workers kept hundreds of big cats and other wild animals in captivity in barren . . . 

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Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) passes with potential benefits for animal protection sector

By on March 27, 2020 with 3 Comments
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) passes with potential benefits for animal protection sector

The $2 trillion emergency stimulus bill that cleared Congress earlier today carries important prospective benefits for the animal care and services sector. These include a temporary expansion of charitable deduction provisions, opportunities for business continuity loans to cover payroll, paid leave, health-insurance premiums, facilities costs, . . . 

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To prevent another pandemic, global leaders should crack down on wildlife trade

By on March 26, 2020 with 23 Comments
To prevent another pandemic, global leaders should crack down on wildlife trade

At the G20 coronavirus meeting today, global leaders, including President Trump, brainstormed on ways to control the pandemic that is now ravaging dozens of nations, leaving a vast trail of human casualties in its wake. But one thing that didn’t come up was the reason . . . 

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In new role at the USFWS, trophy hunters’ lawyer will guide U.S. global policy on wildlife

By on March 26, 2020 with 5 Comments
In new role at the USFWS, trophy hunters’ lawyer will guide U.S. global policy on wildlife

The Trump administration’s course on wildlife policy, riddled with handouts to trophy hunters, took another wrong turn last week with the hiring of Anna Seidman, a litigator for Safari Club International, to head a key office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The SCI . . . 

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More localities end puppy mill sales in pet stores, taking total to more than 350

By on March 25, 2020 with 2 Comments
More localities end puppy mill sales in pet stores, taking total to more than 350

The fight to wipe out puppy mills passed a critical milestone this month: more than 350 American localities now ban the sales of puppy mill dogs in pet stores. The latest ordinances were passed by Roselle, New Jersey; Algonquin, Illinois and Carver, Minnesota last week, . . . 

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