Wildlife/Marine Mammals

U.S. should change its spots on trophy hunting of leopards

U.S. should change its spots on trophy hunting of leopards

While we eagerly await President Trump’s follow-up on his decision to suspend imports of elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, we hope he takes a broad look at the trophy hunting of other threatened and endangered species and stops all imports of the animals for their heads, tusks, and other body parts. More . . . 

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American horror show: Trophies from canned lion hunts continue to flow into the U.S. despite ESA protection

American horror show: Trophies from canned lion hunts continue to flow into the U.S. despite ESA protection

Our federal government illegally allowed U.S. trophy hunters to import at least 280 lion trophies from South Africa’s cruel captive lion breeding and killing facilities. It allowed body parts to come into the country in spite of a policy implemented at the beginning of last year that shooting and then importing these lions in fenced-in . . . 

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Federal appeals court upholds California ban on killing mountain lions for trophies

Federal appeals court upholds California ban on killing mountain lions for trophies

Trophy hunting has been on the front page and the opinion page and on television in the past week, after news broke that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made regulatory moves to overturn restrictions on the import of African elephants and African lions. There was a jolt of additional news after President Trump signaled . . . 

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President Trump stakes out a bold position on trophy hunting

President Trump stakes out a bold position on trophy hunting

President Trump’s declaration that the trophy hunting of elephants and other animals is “a horror show” is, to say the least, a bold and provocative statement from a U.S. leader. Never before has an American official taken such a forthright stand on the issue of trophy hunting, and it was as welcome as it was . . . 

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Trump intervenes on elephant trophy hunting issue

Trump intervenes on elephant trophy hunting issue

In a tweet to more than 40 million followers, President Trump announced this evening that he’s “put big game trophy decision on hold,” signaling discomfort with the trajectory of public discussion concerning the Interior Department’s enormously controversial announcement on Thursday to allow imports of elephant and lion trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. The agency’s announcement, . . . 

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Burlington goes fur-free

Burlington goes fur-free

Today I’m pleased to announce that Burlington Stores (formerly Burlington Coat Factory), after discussions with The HSUS, has gone 100 percent fur-free – no full-length furs, no fur trim, no fur at all in the company’s vast offerings of coats and other garments. Burlington has nearly 600 stores and $6 billion in revenue, and its . . . 

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After targeting elephants, Interior Department puts African lions in the crosshairs

After targeting elephants, Interior Department puts African lions in the crosshairs

Yesterday, on this blog, I reacted in real time to the Safari Club International’s announcement that the U.S. Department of the Interior plans to lift a ban on the import of sport-hunted trophies of rare and beleaguered African elephants. In short, our government is essentially turning loose American trophy hunters in Zimbabwe, at a time . . . 

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Interior Department to allow imports of elephant and lion trophies from Africa, reversing Obama policies

Interior Department to allow imports of elephant and lion trophies from Africa, reversing Obama policies

With barely contained enthusiasm, Safari Club International (SCI) announced on its own initiative today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reversed critical elephant protections established during the Obama administration, allowing imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. For decades, Zimbabwe has been run by a dictator who has targeted and killed . . . 

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Japan deserves worldwide condemnation for new expedition to slaughter Antarctic whales

Japan deserves worldwide condemnation for new expedition to slaughter Antarctic whales

Since November 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been one of President Trump’s strongest suitors, intent on persuading the United States to maintain its customary role as the guarantor of the post-war security alliance that has been one element of Japan’s economic success for decades. That puts the United States in a strong position . . . 

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Fighting to stop trophy hunting of lions in the West

Fighting to stop trophy hunting of lions in the West

Trophy hunting organizations and state fish and wildlife agencies are in cahoots in the Southwest in executing ruthless mountain lion killing programs, typically involving radio telemetry equipment, packs of hounds, and rifles and bows they use to shoot lions they’ve driven into trees to kill at point-blank range. The trophy hunters are motivated by bragging . . . 

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