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Born Free USA commissioned C4ADS to write a report, "Ivory's Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa," which suggests that virtually all of Africa's violent conflicts are being fueled by the black market in ivory. It's a vicious cycle: Elephants are killed to bankroll militias; well-funded militias destabilize nations; destabilized nations lose control of their territory and are unable to protect elephants. The killings accelerate until too few animals are left to hunt. Then, the poachers move on to fresh herds in new areas.
Link: Chicago Tribune
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has on his desk a bill to ban sale and purchase of illegal ivory in New Jersey. The legislation, sponsored by Senator Raymond Lesniak, cleared the Assembly Monday. This bill would prohibit the purchase, sale, and possession with intent to sell any illicit ivory product or rhinoceros horns. Exemption would be allowed for the transfer to legal beneficiaries of legitimately-obtained ivory. Born Free USA commended the action of the New Jersey legislature, warning that certain elephant populations could be extinct within a decade.
Link: Asbury Park Press
A 50 year old elephant named Satao, one of Africa’s last ‘great tusker’ elephants, has been killed by poachers in Kenya. On May 30, Satao was shot dead by poachers using poisoned arrows.
The more than 4 million animals shot, poisoned, snared, or trapped by the Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services in fiscal year 2013 included 75,326 coyotes, 866 bobcats, 528 river otters, 3,700 foxes, 12,186 prairie dogs, 973 red-tailed hawks, 419 black bears, and at least three eagles, golden and bald. However, there’s little data showing the cause for each killing, the methods used, and the reasons behind mistakes that lead to massive kills of animals that aren’t targeted.
Link: Washington Post
Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, begins his brand new monthly column for Wildlife Extra by examining the intricacies of the devastating rhino horn trade. He writes, “Rhino poaching for rhino horn is driving the species to extinction. This is an international crisis with significant consequences, and Born Free USA is urging every government globally to take action.”
Link: Wildlife Extra
After 20 years of a failure to update regulations on captive marine mammals, a pair of Congressmen has successfully passed an amendment that will force the U.S. Department of Agriculture to update their rules that protect captive orcas and other marine mammals. The amendment will provide $1 million toward an effort that involves studying the effects of captivity on orca whales.
Link: The Dodo
Three Pennsylvania butchers await dozens of charges for allegedly processing, selling, and buying venison illegally as a result of a two-year series of investigations. All three were charged on May 19 by the Pennsylvania Game Commission, along with three others accused of related charges.