There is a distinct possibility that American Legend may bring its auctions back to its Seattle headquarters next year, after having jumped over the Canadian border for this year’s sales.
On October 25, the European Union veterinary experts approved a one-month EU wide ban on the import of exotic birds after an imported South American parrot died while in British quarantine of the virulent H5N1 strain of bird flu that has killed over 60 people in Asia.
Bill to restrict fur farming in Sweden on the horizon
“We have all along demanded a ban on fur farming based on ethical grounds, as the one in England. But we have also since the beginning of our campaign supplied the politicians and people within the Swedish Animal Welfare Agency with information regarding the latest research results about mink. This has resulted in that there are no fox farms in Sweden since January 2001. And the upcoming demand of swimming water for mink is also a result of this work.
Kelowna, BC: An orange tabby cat named Cassidy had his right leg amputated after being caught in a steel-jaw leghold trap for several days. Dr. Marco Veenis of the Okanagan Veterinary Hospital described Cassidy’s leg as "crushed, the bone was exposed and there were maggots crawling out of the wound. The skin was already dried, like parchment, around the wound, and everything below the jaws of the trap had died off. It was a mess."
The wild-born alpha male of the Francisco Pack of Mexican gray wolves was trapped on Saturday morning in the Gila National Forest of New Mexico and his right front leg was broken as he tried to escape from the steel leghold trap. He underwent initial surgery on Monday and is having his leg amputated today. ...
According to the U.S. Commerce Department, fur trim imports into the USA increased 29% in February. More than half of it came from China.
After a campaign that began in mid-February, Swedish activists from the group Malmö djurrättsaktivister have convinced the fashion store chain “Solo” to stop selling fur in each of their seven stores. The shop “Spirit” also signed a fur-free policy and promised to never sell fur again after negotiations with the activists.
The pine marten once was common in Wisconsin but the species was considered exterminated by 1925 as a direct result of over trapping and habitat loss. Efforts to reintroduce pine marten in the 1970s and 1980s established populations in the Nicolet and Chequamegon national forests, but there is no evidence that they are expanding, said Jim Woodford, Department of Natural Resources wildlife ecologist..