Born Free USA and Respect for Animals just completed a landmark investigation inside the world of fur trapping. We uncovered for the first time in more than a decade the shocking cruelty and brutality involved in the trapping of wild animals for the fur trade. Born Free USA is using this groundbreaking investigation to shed light on a horrific, highly unregulated, inhumane and dangerous industry. Consumers, retailers and policy makers are all equally responsible for ending this barbaric and unnecessary cruelty by refusing to buy or sell fur and by pushing for and passing stronger regulations and prohibitions on the trapping of animals for their fur.
"Why Do Lions Matter?" (Blog by Will Travers, Born Free USA's chief executive officer, posted March 2, 2011, on the Huffington Post)
(video) "U.S. Seeks 'Endangered' Status for African Lions"(story and video posted March 2, 2011, on British news outlet ITN)
A coalition of wildlife campaigners are seeking to have the African lion placed on the US endangered status list for animals. They argue that the battle to save lions from extinction in their homeland should begin in the United States.
Link: Yahoo! News
Firefighters in the Philippines were shocked to find tigers, pythons and other wild animals when they responded to a recent house fire. Officials say five tigers, three Indian star tortoises, two Burmese pythons and several cats and dogs were rescued unhurt. The house was gutted.
Link: Yahoo! News
The African lion is in crisis. Experts agree that fewer than 40,000 remain in the wild. The species faces imminent danger of extinction throughout significant portions of its range due to several unabated threats, including over-exploitation by recreational trophy hunting and commercial trade, loss of habitat and prey species, retaliatory killings, disease and other human-caused and natural factors. On March 1, Born Free USA and a coalition of wildlife conservation groups submitted a formal petition to the U.S. Department of the Interior to list the African lion as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Approval could take more than two years, but the process has begun. Stay tuned and we’ll tell you how you can help save the African lion!
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will give high priority to an investigation into the large numbers of baby dolphin deaths along the Mississippi and Alabama coasts, an official told the Sun Herald on Feb. 23. Since the first of the year, 24 stillborn or infant calves have washed ashore in the two states. The BP oil spill might prove to be a factor.
Link: Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.)
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — All members of a pod of 107 pilot whales that stranded on a remote New Zealand beach have died, including 48 that were euthanized, the government's conservation department said Feb. 21. The stranded whales were discovered by hikers Sunday near Cavalier Creek on Stewart Island, off the southern tip of New Zealand's South Island.
Link: Yahoo News!
Japan has temporarily suspended its annual Antarctic whaling after repeated aggression by a conservationist group, a government official said Feb. 16. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ships have been chasing the Japanese whaling fleet for weeks in the icy seas off Antarctica, trying to block Japan's annual whale hunt. Japan has halted the hunt since Feb. 10 after persistent "violent" disruptions by the anti-whaling protesters, said fisheries agency official Tatsuya Nakaoku.