The dwindling population of a whale in Hawaiian waters has led the Obama administration to propose classifying the species as endangered, environmentalists say. The Hawaiian "false killer whale" has a small and ecologically important population that has suffered a significant decline over the past 25 years and only 150 of the animals may be left, a Natural Resources Defense Council release said Nov. 17.
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Police suspect a fire that killed 26 animals in Karlsruhe Zoo on Dec. 12 was caused by arson. The fire brigade were too late to save miniature donkeys, ponies, dwarf goats and sheep but were able to lead elephants, hippos and flamingos to safety. Fire experts launched an investigation on Dec. 15.
Link: Spiegel Online
Find out how your state rates in terms of trapping regulations by checking out Born Free USA’s unprecedented State Trapping Report Card, which assigns an academic letter grade to each state based on how its trapping regulations impact animal welfare, wildlife conservation and public safety. “We were actually generous in our grading system,” says Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson. "Many states would receive an even lower grade if we took into account accurate monitoring of wildlife populations.”
While setting aside massive swaths of land would seem to provide powerful strongholds for biodiversity, a new study finds that such reserves often don't reach their full conservation potential because of poor placement — they are put in areas that are convenient for people to avoid, but not for threatened species to thrive.
Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe argued Nov. 3 that nobody loves animals more than him — he cries when he puts his dogs down — but he said there is a place for cattle prods and bullhooks. The commission went along with Lowe, voting 4-3 against a proposed ban on the use of bullhooks by circus elephant trainers.
Born Free USA, which for two years has promoted fur-free fashion with its fffashion design contest, last month co-hosted a celebrity-infused fashion show in the swanky Stone Rose Lounge in Los Angeles. Check out our photo gallery from the exciting inaugural event, which spotlighted guilt-free, no-animal-was-harmed dresses and other attire. Who says doing the right thing can’t be fun?
Two suspected ivory poachers were in custody and three others were killed by Kenyan authorities in the past week in a pair of incidents, the Kenya Wildlife Service said Nov. 1. Five elephants also were killed in the incidents.
Link: CNN (Warning: The link includes a mildly graphic picture of confiscated elephant tusks.)