A New York antiques dealer, who has smuggled rhinoceros horn and elephant ivory artifacts from the U.S. to China, has been sentenced to more than three years in prison and three years' supervised release. "Smuggling wildlife artifacts made from rhino horn and elephant ivory undermines the international conservation protections put in place to save these species from extinction," said Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General from the Department of Justice.
Link: Business Standard
December 4 is International Cheetah Day! Sadly, cheetahs remain one of the most popular choices for exotic pets in the Middle East. Stand up for cheetahs by fighting to keep them in the wild—where they belong!
Link: Gulf News
In South Africa, the debate over legalizing the rhino horn trade rages on. Meanwhile, in Asia, the horrific practice of tiger farming continues.
Link: National Geographic
Restaurant owners in Helena, Montana have plead guilty to purchasing bear parts, including 12 bear paws (which were kept in a bucket at the restaurant), three gallbladders, and two bear carcasses. An undercover investigation was launched when a concerned citizen called the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Link: The Montana Standard
For years, Born Free USA has said that owning exotic pets is not ‘cool’—and it seems that the idea is finally catching on. A United Arab Emirates-based columnist has stepped forward to condemn the recent trend of uploading pictures of exotic pets to Instagram.
Link: DOHA News
"Parrot Confidential," produced by Emmy Award winning documentary film producer, Allison Argo, premiered on November 13 on PBS-Nature. The documentary explores the challenges of owning parrots, how breeders and owners become bird rescuers, and conservation efforts in the wild. Watch the film today to get ready for National Bird Day on January 5.
For the first time since 1999, northern Ontario has reintroduced a spring bear hunt to curb "nuisance" bear populations. The hunt has been met with much opposition, and animal advocates including our own Canadian Representative, Barry K. MacKay, are taking strides to reverse this decision.
Link: The Globe and Mail
As nine baboons continue to settle in at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary after being retired from a research lab—what Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, calls "a happy ending for these lucky nine"—the discussion turns to the utilization of primates for research purposes. The U.S. remains the world's biggest user of primates in biomedical research, despite developments in alternative research tools that render primate-based research "largely unnecessary."
Link: The Star