The Keep Wildlife In The Wild Auction is now open. The auction will run through Friday (June 24), with proceeds going to Born Free USA in order to support our work to save the lives of animals. Auction items range from exotic vacation getaways to donated items guaranteed to delight and surprise. So, tell your friends, family, community. Let the bidding begin!
The New York state Assembly overwhelmingly adopted legislation this week that outlaws sales of bear gallbladders and bile — which are used in traditional Asian medicine to treat everything from headaches and fever to liver ailments. The Senate unanimously approved the bill last week. It now goes to Gov. Cuomo’s desk.
Link: New York Daily News
An army transport plane flew Tuesday from a military airport to take four rare wild horses to Mongolia as part of the Prague Zoo's efforts to reintroduce the endangered species to its native habitat.
Link: Yahoo! News/Associated Press
Virginia McKenna, the heart and soul of the worldwide Born Free movement, turned 80 this week. Talk about having a meaningful life! At the height of a stunningly successful acting career, during which she won a British Academy Award and left an indelible mark on modern culture with her portrayal of Joy Adamson in "Born Free," Virginia and her husband, Bill Travers, co-founded the Born Free Foundation in England. They were joined by son Will, who today serves as chief executive officer for that organization and for its companion, Born Free USA. But it was Will's "mum" who made it all possible. We salute a legendary star, a visionary activist and an inspiration to millions. Happy birthday, Virginia! And many, many more.
Animal activists expressed outrage Friday, June 3 at the discovery of two dead snub fin dolphins tied to mangroves and weighted with a concrete slab, saying every death took the rare species nearer to extinction. The dolphins were found in wetlands in Australia's world-famous Great Barrier Reef region last week by a recreational fisherman. Police said they suspected they were caught in a net cast by illegal fishing crews.
A lemur used in a street exhibition in Old Town allegedly bit an unsuspecting tourist on May 20, raising issues of how wild and domesticated animals are being regulated in their use by street performers in Key West. Cherish A. Giannetta, of Egg Harbor, N.J., claimed in an affidavit filed with the city's Code Compliance Department that after she held the animal about 10:45 p.m., "The lemur suddenly turned and bit me on one cheek ... then the lemur bit me harder on the cheek (again)."
A probe by Living on Earth finds that some butcher shops in the are offering lion meat — but it's unlikely it came from some big game hunt. Living on Earth’s Ike Sriskandarajah found lion meat on the shelf at his neighborhood butcher and followed the trail to a dark corner of the exotic meat trade.
Link: Living on Earth
A federal judge on May 17 put a hold on an agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and an environmental group that would have removed the perpetual log jam that hinders protection for threatened and endangered species.
Link: Los Angeles Times