Nevada wildlife commissioners defied a contingent of bear hunt opponents Feb. 4, voting 7-1 to hold a season this year for killing 20 black bears in Northern Nevada. The vote confirmed a Dec. 4 decision to establish the state's first regulated bear hunt. The dissenting vote came from Charles Howell of Las Vegas, who represents sportsmen on the nine-member panel. He said the 20-bear limit was "ridiculously low," considering that California hunters were permitted to take 1,900 black bears last year.
Link: Las Vegas Review-Journal
A survey of oyster habitats around the world has found that the succulent mollusks are disappearing fast and 85 percent of their reefs have been lost due to disease and over-harvesting. Most of the remaining wild oysters in the world, or about 75 percent, can be found in five locations in North America, said the study published in BioScience, the journal of the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
Link: AFP/Yahoo! News
The sad fact that animals still are used as props by the entertainment industry, more than 10 years into the 21st century, is a stain on our civilization. At Born Free USA, we work tirelessly to bring all such exploitations to an end. Join us in calling upon The Mirage in Las Vegas to shut down its deadly dolphin exhibit that is part of Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat. What The Mirage would like to keep secret is that its dolphin habitat has a nearly 75 percent death rate, one of the worst in an exploitative industry that keeps orcas and dolphins captive for entertainment. Tell top officials at The Mirage and its corporate owner, MGM Resorts, that it’s time to send the dolphins back to the wild and to then drain the pool — forever.
A recent petition filed with Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke asks for the listing of spring-run Klamath River Chinook salmon as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, Oregon Wild, the Environmental Protection Information Center and the Larch Co. filed the petition on Jan. 25, citing a number of factors they believe have led to a decline in spring-run Chinook numbers as well as strategies for mitigating the impacts.
Link: Siskiyou Daily News (Yreka, CA)
Who doesn’t appreciate a two-for-one special, especially for the day that specifically celebrates twosomes? From now through Feb. 14, 2011, adopt a monkey at our Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary and give yourself and your Valentine the gift of compassion: Choose from among Carly, Grinch, Joey, Khy, Mig and Shawshank for yourself, then select a second monkey for your loved one to adopt at no extra charge! That’s a $52 savings! We care for more than 500 macaques, vervets and baboons — many of them rescued from unsavory circumstances — at our 186-acre facility in Dilley, Texas, and to keep the sanctuary running smoothly we depend on the generosity of donors such as you. Adopt two for the price of one for Valentine’s Day, and we’ll love it!
China has banned animal circuses and warned its zoos they must stop abusing animals or face closure. Live animal shows and circuses are hugely popular in China, and draw around 150 million visitors a year at 700 zoos. However, animal rights campaigners have repeatedly complained that the shows should be stopped.
Link: The Telegraph (Warning: Contains mildly graphic photograph of a tiger carrying a live bird in its mouth.)
Born Free USA, working with Animal Protection New Mexico (APNM), put out an Action Alert last September asking members to speak out for more than 200 chimpanzees housed at an Alamogordo, N.M., facility. These chimps, who are semi-retired and have not been used as subjects for laboratory experimentation since 2001, were to be shipped to Texas where they again would be subjected to invasive and harmful experiments. In recent weeks, the National Institutes of Health canceled the transfer until the National Academy of Science reviews policies on using chimpanzees in biomedical research, which is anticipated to take about two years. So for now, the chimps are safe – thank you all for your extraordinary efforts!
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — If you want to own a pet monkey, you’re out of luck in Illinois. A ban on new monkey ownership is one of hundreds of state laws that took effect Jan. 1.
Link: Daily Herald (Plainfield, Ill.)