Wildlife/Marine Mammals

Extremist package of hunting, gun policies should be permanently nixed

Extremist package of hunting, gun policies should be permanently nixed

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., announced yesterday that the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act is not going to come up for consideration on the House floor anytime soon. That’s a relief. But let’s be clear: this disgraceful bill should never be revived or resuscitated. It’s an appalling package of reckless items on gun . . . 

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Lawmakers, Indian tribes, HSUS call for national ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears in lower 48 states

Lawmakers, Indian tribes, HSUS call for national ban on trophy hunting of grizzly bears in lower 48 states

Today, I stood shoulder to shoulder with leaders from some of the best known Native American tribes in the West – the Shoshone Bannock, Hopi, and the Crow Creek Sioux, among others – to support the introduction of federal legislation that will establish special protections for grizzly bears in the lower 48 states. Wildlife advocate . . . 

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The federal government must reject mass killing of America’s wild horses and burros

The federal government must reject mass killing of America’s wild horses and burros

Today, we face the most severe political threat to wild horses since the enactment of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971, which Congress passed in response to the random and methodical killing of horses and burros on our western lands by ranchers and others who considered the animals trespassers. Now some players . . . 

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Japan deserves worldwide condemnation for commercial whaling masquerading as ‘science’

Japan deserves worldwide condemnation for commercial whaling masquerading as ‘science’

In a flouting of international conservation values, Japan just announced that its latest hunt, which concluded Tuesday, has claimed the lives of 177 minke and sei whales – adding to the toll of thousands that its whalers have claimed in an era when just about the entire civilized world has abandoned the practice. Japan’s commercial . . . 

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Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

Series of federal court rulings – the latest upholding a Chicago anti-puppy-mill law – affirm state, local efforts against animal cruelty

In an important ruling for dogs and for the legal principle that states and local governments have a critical role in protecting animals from cruelty and mistreatment, a federal appeals court today upheld Chicago’s law requiring pet stores that sell dogs, cats, and rabbits to obtain them from an animal shelter or rescue only. In . . . 

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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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