Wildlife/Marine Mammals

House and Senate should reject radical anti-wildlife bill passed by key committee

House and Senate should reject radical anti-wildlife bill passed by key committee

This week, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act, with votes coming only from Republican members of the committee. Democrats recognized that this bill has little to do with rank-and-file sportsmen’s issues, and saw it for what it is: a grab bag of shameful provisions aimed . . . 

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HSUS, HSI rescue teams rush into Florida, British Virgin Islands

HSUS, HSI rescue teams rush into Florida, British Virgin Islands

The endangered key deer used extraordinary swimming and other survival skills to weather Irma’s assault on the Florida Keys. Greyhound owners gambled by hunkering down with thousands of the dogs in kennels at or near their racetracks, and apparently made it through. The HSUS affiliate, the South Florida Wildlife Center, in Fort Lauderdale – from . . . 

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HSUS, top zoos can together be a force for good

By on September 11, 2017 in Opposition, Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 12 Comments
HSUS, top zoos can together be a force for good

As if there isn’t enough misunderstanding in the world nowadays, a few voices in the zoo community have scolded the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for inviting me to give a keynote presentation at the opening session at the group’s annual conference that kicked off today in Indianapolis – a gathering that attracted about . . . 

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Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

Two massive, exceedingly dangerous storms threaten the people and animals of the U.S.

Harvey came with hurricane-force winds and an extraordinary load of precipitation, drinking up trillions of gallons of water from the Gulf and pouring them on Texas day after day, then going back for more. Now Irma has gained unprecedented strength from the unusually warm waters of the Atlantic and is churning and flattening small islands . . . 

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Alaska lawmaker plots yet another assault on wolves, grizzlies on federal lands

Alaska lawmaker plots yet another assault on wolves, grizzlies on federal lands

He’s back. Alaska Congressman Don Young, that’s who. After spearheading a resolution to repeal a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) rule restricting particularly cruel and unsporting methods of killing grizzly bears, wolves, and other native carnivores on national wildlife refuges in Alaska, he’s now taking aim at wildlife on Alaska lands managed by the . . . 

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A tribute to the great Cleveland Amory on his centenary birthday

By on September 2, 2017 in Wildlife/Marine Mammals with 6 Comments
A tribute to the great Cleveland Amory on his centenary birthday

It’s hard to believe that Cleveland Amory, who was without question one of the most important and influential animal advocates of the 20th century, would be 100 today. When it came to animal protection, he was a man of resolve and action. With the whipping winds and pelting rains of Harvey approaching the Texas land . . . 

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The HSUS goes to federal court on behalf of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears

The HSUS goes to federal court on behalf of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears

Sixty days ago, The HSUS told Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke that we’d see him in court if his agency did not reconsider a wrong-headed decision to strip federal protections from grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. We made good on that promise today. Joined by our affiliate The Fund for Animals, The HSUS filed . . . 

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Interior Department, key House Republicans maneuver to open National Park Service lands to killing grizzly bears, wolves

Interior Department, key House Republicans maneuver to open National Park Service lands to killing grizzly bears, wolves

In April, President Trump signed a resolution, enabled by the Congressional Review Act and passed by Congress on a near party-line vote, that repealed a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) rule restricting particularly cruel and unsporting methods of killing grizzly bears, wolves, and other predators on national wildlife refuges in Alaska. There are now . . . 

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British Columbia’s hunting ban on grizzlies the latest in rapid-fire series of gains for animals

British Columbia’s hunting ban on grizzlies the latest in rapid-fire series of gains for animals

This week, British Columbia’s newly formed government, responding to the will of an overwhelming majority of the province’s citizens and following through on its own campaign promise, announced a ban on all trophy hunting of grizzly bears there, starting in November. Under the prior Liberal government, B.C. had become the world’s grizzly-bear-hunting hub, with trophy . . . 

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From Bambi to Charlotte’s Web to Nut Job 2, film is a powerful force for animal protection

From Bambi to Charlotte’s Web to Nut Job 2, film is a powerful force for animal protection

Films have long been inviting us to rethink the way we view animals—a studious spider who weaves words about saving a pig from the dinner plate, a terrified baby elephant yanked from his mother and forced to perform in a circus, a clownfish who journeys far across the ocean to rescue a son swiped from . . . 

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