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
Will Travers speak at the
Library of Congress this spring.
Earlier this spring, Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer Will Travers gave a multimedia presentation in Washington’s Library of Congress. In addition to his general topic, “Compassionate Conservation in East Africa,” Travers talks about “Born Free” and how his parents who starred in that iconic 1966 movie, Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers, were so moved by the experience that their lives were transformed. Along with their son, in 1984 they founded what now is the Born Free Foundation, a companion organization of Born Free USA. Watch Travers’ presentation and perhaps you too will become inspired to do even more for animals and support our efforts to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.
Tigers. African and Asian elephants. Rhinos. Great apes. Marine turtles. The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp May 11 on Capitol Hill at the Annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums reception that could help save them all. When issued in September, net proceeds from the sales of the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds.
Link: U.S. Postal Service
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it intends to work through a backlog of more than 250 imperiled animal and plant species over the next six years to decide if they need protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Link: AP/Chicago Sun-Times
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