Animal Planet’s popular television show, Call of the Wildman, is under intense criticism for numerous instances of alleged animal mistreatment. Despite animal welfare laws, a seven-month investigation by Mother Jones uncovered evidence that animals have been neglected, improperly handled, and drugged—and that some animals even died under Animal Planet’s watch.
Link: Mother Jones
Do formal inspections actually lead to an improvement in animal welfare standards at British Zoos? Unfortunately, a new study finds that they do not. The authors analyzed the results of two consecutive inspection reports for 136 British zoos, and found no evidence of overall improvement to minimum animal welfare standards between the first and second inspections. Many zoos fail to meet these minimum standards at all—and the authors uncovered inconsistency between inspectors. The researchers conclude that a better system for inspection and licensing is warranted. Click here to read the study.
In the latest installment of his Huffington Post blog, Will Travers, CEO of Born Free, shares an important message from Tim Ajax, Director of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Ajax tells the story of Brodi—a young spider monkey who was recently killed after biting a human—to illustrate the point that ownership of wild animals is dangerous, unnatural, and cruel.
Link: Huffington Post
Hong Kong, a key port for the ivory trade, has announced plans to incinerate 28 of its 29.6 tons of ivory into ash. China is currently the world’s largest end-market for ivory.
Link: Chicago Tribune
Read Born Free CEO Will Travers’ latest piece for Huffington Post, in which he addresses the controversial story of Corey Knowlton: the Dallas-based hunter who recently won an auction to kill an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia.
Link: Huffington Post
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In 2012, Darwin, better known as the “Ikea monkey,” escaped from his owner in an Ikea parking lot and was taken to Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary in Ontario. Darwin’s owner, Yasmin Nakhuda, sued the sanctuary in an attempt to get him back. Now, a court has ruled that Nakhuda must pay $83,000 to cover the sanctuary’s legal costs.
Link: CTV News
The news has been abuzz with the story of Corey Knowlton, the Dallas-based hunter who paid $350,000 at auction for the chance to shoot an endangered black rhinoceros in Namibia. Knowlton justifies the hunt in the name of conservation, as his money will reportedly be spent to save other endangered black rhinos—but his insensitivity and flawed logic have earned him disdain from animal advocacy groups and death threats from the public.