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Just in Time for Mother's Day: 'Adopt' Nala!

Published 05/02/13

Beautiful Nala arrived at our Primate Sanctuary last summer as part of a group of 29 hybrid long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques rescued from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio. Now, because Born Free USA supporters made her the top vote-getter in a three-way competition this spring, Nala has become the newest "adoptee" in our Adopt a Primate program! For $52 a year (that's just $1 a week), you can adopt Nala or any of five other monkeys and you will help ensure that they are well-cared for at our spacious sanctuary in south Texas. Gift adoptions are available, too, and they make unique Mother's Day presents. Read more about Nala and please consider joining our adoption program.


Montana Company Faces Fines in Fatal Bear Mauling

Published 04/30/13
By Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The death of a Montana animal trainer mauled by a pair of 500-pound captive brown bears could have been prevented if standard safety practices had been followed, federal authorities said Tuesday (April 30), as state officials revealed that the private menagerie where the death occurred has seen numerous animal escapes.

Link: Yahoo! News

EU Seal Products Import Ban Upheld by General Court

Published 04/29/13
By Associated Press

A court says the European Union's ban on importing products from seal hunts can stand, despite a challenge by manufacturers and traders. EU law authorizes the marketing of seal products resulting only from hunts traditionally conducted by Inuit communities for subsistence.

Link: Huffington Post

Humans Passing Drug Resistance to Wildlife in Protected Areas in Africa

Published 04/24/13
By Science Daily

A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered that humans are passing antibiotic resistance to wildlife, especially in protected areas where numbers of humans are limited.

Link: ScienceDaily.com

Kansas Woman Meets Circus Tiger in Bathroom

Published 04/23/13
By KVVU-TV, Las Vegas

A central Kansas woman likely won't remember her first circus for the clowns or performances — it'll be the tiger in the bathroom. The big cat had escaped briefly after its turn in the ring Saturday at the Isis Shrine Circus in Salina. Staff members blocked off the concourses at the Bicentennial Center as the tiger wandered into the bathroom, where one of the doors was blockaded.

Link: Fox5Vegas.com

Wildlife Groups: Chemical Killing Seabirds in Southwest England

Published 04/23/13

Hundreds of seabirds have been killed on the Dorset coast in southwest England by a chemical released by ships, wildlife groups say. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said in a statement it has joined two other groups in a letter to Stephen Hammond, a member of Parliament and official in the Transportation Ministry, urging him to lead an effort to ban polyisobutene or PIB. The chemical coats birds' plumage and prevents them from feeding, causing them to starve.

Link: UPI.com

Bear Bile Industry Gets Bitten by Legal Action

Published 04/18/13
By China Daily

Chinese wildlife activists have resorted to legal action for the first time to try to end the bear bile industry, which has aroused concern due to the alleged ill treatment of bears. Animal rights activists, led by Beijing Fengtai YTAHZ Environmental Institute, a Beijing-based NGO promoting environmental protection, brought a lawsuit against the wildlife authority of Fujian province on April 11, requesting that it revoke the certificate issued to a medicine manufacturer that legally allows it to extract bile from live bears.

Link: ChinaDaily.com

Demand for Lion Bones Offers South African Breeders a Lucrative Return

Published 04/17/13
By Sebastien Hervieu, Guardian Weekly

Koos Hermanus would rather not give names to the lions he breeds. So here, behind a 2.4-metre high electric fence, is 1R, a three-and-a-half-year-old male, who consumes 5 kilograms of meat a day and weighs almost 200 kilograms. It will only leave its enclosure once it has been "booked"' by a hunter, most of whom are from the United States.

Link: Guardian.co.uk

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