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Dolphin Hunt Held at 'The Cove' Site Despite Protests

Published 10/12/10
By Reuters

Fishermen at the Japanese town made famous by the controversial Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" shrugged off protests by animal rights activists on Tuesday to carry out their grisly annual dolphin hunt.

Link: Reuters

Rescued Dolphins Get a Larger Sea Pen

Born Free Needs Your Help To Ensure Their Rehabilitation to the Wild

Published 10/12/10

Tom and Misha, the two bottlenose dolphins Born Free rescued this summer from a filthy pool in Hisaronu, Turkey, are starting to feel at home in their temporary sea pen. The picture shows a moment of joy for Tom as he leaps up into the air. Our project partners are building a bigger sea pen with the aim of introducing the dolphins to their official rehabilitation facility in a few weeks. Tom and Misha were captured off the Turkish coast five years ago. Now a dedicated team, including colleagues from the United States, are preparing them for a life back in the wild, where they belong.

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D.C. Council Tentatively OKs Bill on Animal- and Pest-Control Firms

Published 10/07/10
By Tim Craig, Washington Post

Furry critters across the District of Columbia — with the exception of rats and mice — soon could be getting a reprieve from animal-control specialists who rid homes and properties of wild animals. The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Oct. 5 to a bill to impose some of the nation's strictest standards for how animal- and pest-control companies can remove raccoons, opossums, foxes, snakes and other nuisance animals from lawns, attics and basements.

Link: The Washington Post

Protection Denied for California Fish

Published 10/06/10
By Matthew Daly, Associated Press

The Sacramento splittail fish does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Oct. 5. The decision puts the Obama administration on the same side as a former Bush administration official who was accused of improper political interference in dozens of endangered species cases, including a 2003 decision to remove the Sacramento splittail from the threatened species list.

Link: Associated Press/Yahoo! News

Western Lawmakers Target Endangered Gray Wolves

Published 10/04/10
By Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. – Two decades after the federal government spent a half-million dollars to study the reintroduction of gray wolves to the Northern Rockies, lawmakers say it's time for Congress to step in again — this time to clamp down on the endangered animals.

Link: Associated Press/Yahoo! News


Report: Sewage Kills 32 Antelope at Indian Zoo

Published 09/30/10
By Mara Gay, AOL News

Sewage contamination in an Indian zoo has killed 32 blackbuck antelope and left two rhinos in critical condition, an Indian news agency reports. The antelope fell ill and died last week after drinking sewage water that seeped into the moat around their pens at New Delhi's National Zoological Park, according to a Press Trust of India report cited by The Associated Press. Two rhinos are struggling to survive after drinking the toxic water.

Link: AOL News

Nontarget Trapping Incidents Database Debuts

Published 09/30/10

Millions of animals are trapped each year, causing untold suffering and death for many of the creatures, not all of whom were targeted by the trappers. Dogs, cats, endangered species and even humans can be caught in leg-hold traps, snare traps or traps designed to crush and kill. Born Free USA's newest, easy-to-use interactive database details just a tiny fraction of such tragedies. “Since almost no state agencies track this information impacting so many animals and their families, we are,” says Born Free USA’s chief executive officer, Will Travers. “It is unacceptable that thousands of innocent animals are brutally captured by trappers’ devices.

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Plan Unveiled To Preserve Mediterranean Habitat, Species

Published 09/29/10
By Agence France-Presse

PARIS — An alliance of conservationists and international donors on Wednesday unveiled a map of six areas on the Mediterranean rim aimed at guiding policy for preserving precious habitats and threatened species.

Link: AFP/Yahoo! News

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