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100,000 Elephants Killed Across Africa in Two Years, Study Finds

Published 08/19/14

A new study published on Monday found that, between 2010 and 2012, poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa: a huge spike in the continent’s elephant death rate. This surge largely stems from an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations. The study, which was carried out by the world’s leading elephant experts, warns that if this rate of slaughter continues, it will lead to the extinction of the species.

Link: CBS News

SeaWorld’s Stock Sinks in an Ocean of Woe

Published 08/15/14

Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS), which operates 11 theme parks, plummeted more than 33 percent on Wednesday, hitting an all-time low. The problem: Worries about claims of mistreatment of killer whales at its SeaWorld locations hurt attendance, and it slashed its earnings outlook.

Link: CBS News


Born Free USA CEO Discusses Threats Facing Lions

Published 08/14/14

Listen to a brand new radio interview with Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, in which he discusses the dire need to protect lions from extinction—and what Born Free USA is doing to help.

Link: BYU Radio

Pro-Trapping Publication Reports that Fur Prices have Plummeted

Published 08/13/14

Fur prices have dropped significantly in 2014—the largest drop in a single year in more than three decades. And, this admission actually comes from a pro-trapping publication. Could this spell trouble for the cruel fur industry? Visit the Fur Free Retailer website to learn which retailers have taken a stand against the barbaric use of fur in fashion.

Link: Trapper & Predator Caller


The Blackfish Effect

Published 08/12/14

Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, continues his monthly column for Wildlife Extra with his views on marine mammals being kept in captivity—and the continuing controversy surrounding SeaWorld.

Link: Wildlife Extra

On World Lion Day, a Call to Action to Save ‘Our Global Heritage’

Published 08/11/14

In light of the shrinking lion population, and in the spirit of awareness and conservation efforts around the globe, Sunday, August 10 was World Lion Day. Due to a combination of poaching, disease, and habitat loss, the species is teetering on the brink of extinction.

Link: PBS

Baby Coyote Tied Up with Electrical Cable Rescued

Published 08/08/14

A six-pound baby coyote pup was rescued after a Good Samaritan found the suffering animal in a Santa Maria alley in California, tied up with stereo electrical cable wires. Though the pup suffered terrible injuries, she is making an excellent recovery.

Link: Examiner

Calgary Reviews Beaver Control Practices After Trapping Mishap

Published 08/07/14

The City of Calgary is suspending all beaver trapping until it completes a review of a recent incident. A beaver had been building a dam, and the city feared that it could flood a bike path. Officials hired a contractor to trap and kill the animal, but the trap malfunctioned--and people using the path came upon the upsetting sight of the beaver struggling to free itself.

Link: CBC News

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