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Hayden Panettiere: Why I Fight for Endangered Whales, Dolphins

Published 08/25/11
By US Magazine

An animal lover since childhood, Hayden Panettiere is using her star power to help prevent her favorite marine animals from becoming extinct.

Link: US Magazine/Yahoo! News


Primate Sanctuary Feels The Heat

Drought takes toll on over 500 South Texas monkeys

Published 08/17/11
By Jim Swift - KXAN

When Tim Ajax took over as the director of the South Texas Born Again USA Primate Sanctuary a couple of years ago, he heard a story from a neighbor about the demise of a nearby town. "Millett was an active, thriving town down here about six miles south of Dilley off of 35,” Ajax said. “They had their own school and general store and it supported a large farming contingency down here.

Link: KXAN.COM

Food Network Ditches Shark Meat After 30,000 Sign Change.org Petition

Published 08/16/11
By Huffington Post

The Food Network is known for showcasing a huge variety of foods — you don't fill an entire network by sticking to basics. For a long time, that variety included shark meat. Until very recently, the Food Network website listed shark tacos and shark au poivre among its thousands of recipes. But thanks to 30,000 petitioners on change.com, shark meat is now a thing of the past for the Food Network.

Link: Huffington Post

Arctic Scientist Who Exposed Climate Threat to Polar Bear Is Suspended

Published 08/11/11
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian

It was seen as one of the most distressing effects of climate change ever recorded: polar bears dying of exhaustion after being stranded between melting patches of Arctic sea ice. But now the government scientist who first warned of the threat to polar bears in a warming Arctic has been suspended and his work put under official investigation for possible scientific misconduct.

Link: The Guardian (U.K.)

Ian Somerhalder Testifies Before Congress for Wildlife Preservation

Published 08/03/11

He's wild at heart! Ian Somerhalder testified before Congress on July 28 for wildlife conversation. The Vampire Diaries actor, 32, is head of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people to help them positively impact the planet and its creatures.

Link: US Magazine/Yahoo! News

House Backs Measure to Restore Endangered Species Listings

Published 07/27/11
By Associated Press

In a rare defeat for Republican leadership, the House on July 27 backed a Democratic proposal allowing the Interior Department to continue adding new species to the Endangered Species Act. A spending bill backed by GOP leaders would have only allowed species to be removed from the endangered list, rather than added. Republicans said the current program encourages lawsuits from advocacy groups that seek to have species listed as threatened or endangered, costing the government tens of millions of dollars.

Link: Associated Press/Washington Post

In Iceland, Hunters and Watchers Battle over Whales

Published 07/21/11
By Nina Larson, Agence France-Presse

A slick black head breaks the surface, drawing delighted shrieks from whale watchers in a growing, and lucrative, activity that some say should replace Iceland's controversial whale hunt. Since their meager beginning in the 1990s, whale safaris in this island state have grown to attract tens of thousands of visitors each summer. But its proponents tensed up when Iceland reintroduced commercial whaling in 2006, and the two sides remain uneasy bedfellows.

Link: Agence France-Press/Yahoo! News

Ivory Burned to Make Point about Elephants

Published 07/20/11
By MSNBC

MANYANI, Kenya — Record prices for ivory are fueling a sharp increase in poachers killing elephants, even those in protected areas, conservation groups warned July 20 — the same day that Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki burned five tons of confiscated ivory to highlight the problem.

Link: MSNBC

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