The world stands to lose 230 million hectares of forest by 2050 with drastic consequences for the climate, biodiversity and the global economy, the World Wildlife Foundation said on Wednesday. "Those responsible — policy-makers and industry — are sawing away at the branch we're all sitting on," WWF's head of forests, Philipp Goeltenboth, said in a statement, noting that the area projected to be lost is 27 times the size of Austria.
YULI, Taiwan — When he was young, Taiwanese aboriginal hunter Lin Yuan-yuan became a legend after he killed two ferocious Formosan black bears. Now he has devoted his life to saving the endangered species. The 55-year-old is still revered by his tribe, the Bunun mountain people, as a guardian of the island's biggest land animal as it struggles to survive poaching and continued degradation of its traditional habitat.
Link: Agence France-Presse
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Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, appears on "Pet Talk," a program hosted on News 12 Connecticut by meteorologist Lauren Collier. Click here or on the image to watch the program. (Note: The portion of the show that features Adam being interviewed starts at approximately the 5:35 mark.)
Congress on Thursday, April 14 approved a budget bill that includes a rider removing wolves in Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Utah from the federal endangered species list and sets the stage for near-term delisting in Wyoming. The measure returns control of wolf management to the states.
Link: Environment News Service
It isn’t often that a public auction inspires debate about man’s place on the planet, his relationship with the natural world or the nobility of wild and free animals. But the sale of more than 700 taxidermy mounts this weekend in Fort Worth — including full-body displays of lions, a brown bear and a tiger — illustrates the often-contentious relationship between animal-rights advocates and hunters.
Link: Dallas Morning News
Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, gives an overview of our organization and what some of our most pressing issues are in an interview with the Vegan Consultant website.
Link: Vegan Consultant
Ruby the African elephant, who became a rallying symbol for animal activists during her time at the Los Angeles Zoo, has died at a sanctuary in Northern California. The 50-year-old female pachyderm died March 29 at the Performing Animal Welfare Society elephant sanctuary in San Andreas, where she had been living since May 2007, according to a sanctuary spokeswoman.
Link: Los Angeles Times