The Canadian government on March 25 announced an increase in the number of seals to be killed in a controversial commercial hunt off its Atlantic coast. The quota was hiked 20 percent from last year's 388,200 seals to a total of 468,200, including 400,000 harp seals and 60,000 gray seals. The hooded seals quota stayed at 8,200.
The animal and wildlife conservation group Born Free USA is asking people to be particularly conscious of the vital role birds play in the environmental balance of nature when they celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 22.
Link: Orlando Sentinel
Born Free USA recently completed a landmark investigation into the cruel world of trapping for the fur industry. The investigation, “Victims of Vanity,” includes graphic and shocking photographs, video and investigator notes, and we suggest ways you can get involved in efforts to end this barbaric practice. On March 16, our executive vice president, Adam M. Roberts, talked about the investigation on CNN Headline News. Watch his interview with anchorperson Jane Velez-Mitchell.
Thousands of albatrosses and other endangered species at a wildlife sanctuary northwest of Hawaii have been killed by the tsunami which devastated Japan, U.S. officials say. Thousands of petrels and fish were also killed as huge waves swept over parts of the remote, low-lying Midway atoll. The sanctuary is home to more than 2 million birds.
Link: BBC News
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