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Wisconsin Votes to Increase Trapping

Published 04/29/14

At recent hearings—attended by about a quarter of the trappers in Wisconsin—it was decided that the number of permitted trapping hours in Wisconsin will increase by 50 percent.

Link: The Capital Times


“Ivory’s Curse” Uncovers Links between Corruption and Poaching in Tanzania

Published 04/28/14

Born Free USA’s commissioned report, “Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa,” finds that corrupt government officials are behind intensive, organized, illegal hunting in Tanzania’s protected areas. According to Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, “the elephant poaching crisis has reached historic levels and shockingly, some elephant populations face extinction in my lifetime.”

Link: IPP Media

Feeding Wildlife Attracts Dangerous Predators

Published 04/25/14

Food left out for wildlife on California’s Edwards Air Force Base may have inadvertently caused a woman to get bitten by a coyote. Base wildlife experts from Edwards AFB Environmental Management believe the woman walked too closely to a coyote’s preferred hunting spot, where they found evidence that someone had been spreading bird seed.

Link: Edwards Air Force Base

In Idaho, Poachers Kill More Wildlife Than do Wolves

Published 04/24/14

Idaho conservation officials report that illegal hunters likely kill more wildlife than do wolves. “Wolves are causing an impact, there is no doubt about it,” said the Idaho Fish and Game District Conservation Officer. “I don’t want to downplay that at all, but (poachers) are probably killing more or stealing more game than wolves.”

Link: Discovery News


Report: Militarization of Poaching

Published 04/22/14

A new report, commissioned by Born Free USA, says organized crime, government corruption, and militias are all linked to elephant poaching and the illegal ivory trade. Regarding poaching, Adam M. Roberts, Born Free USA’s CEO, explains, “It’s not just enough to say it’s criminal syndicates, nefarious profiteers. We wanted to know who is really behind it so that we can try and get governments around the world to do more to crack down.”

Link: Voice of America


Born Free USA Commissions Elephant Poaching Report

Published 04/21/14

Born Free USA commissioned a report from C4ADS to better understand the role organized crime and corrupt government officials play in ivory trafficking across Africa. Born Free USA’s CEO, Adam M. Roberts, explains, "Our findings shine a bright light on Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, Sudan, and Kenya, where poachers move across borders with near impunity, slaughter elephants with complete disregard, and use the ivory to fund violent operations across the continent.”

Link: Yahoo! News

Groundbreaking Investigative Report Reveals Shocking Details

Published 04/21/14

Born Free USA, seeking an accurate and complete picture of the depths of elephant poaching, commissioned C4ADS and its expert defense analysts to examine the military, national security, and localized conflict aspects of elephant poaching and the ivory trade. Our groundbreaking report reveals, in detail, the threats to elephants across Africa. Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa was released today, and its findings are truly alarming. To learn more, visit our website and watch this video (WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE).

Chinese Bear-Bile Farm to be Turned into Bear Rehab Center

Published 04/18/14

A company in China that raises bears to extract their bile will be turned into a rehab center for more than 130 of its bears. Animals Asia Foundation will spearhead the operation. According to a statement from Animals Asia Foundation, the bears on the farm are sick from earlier extractions, as well as from confinement in small cages, poor diets, and a lack of veterinary care.

Link: The New York Times

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