Just because we've already seen taxidermied piglet banks, frogs in plastic cubes and reindeer steaks for sale, it doesn't mean we can't have a humane holiday season this year. Here are more than 25 ways to give without giving up on your love for animals.
NAIROBI, Kenya – The Kenya Wildlife Service on Nov. 26 said its agents shot dead two suspected poachers who they saw shooting at a herd of elephants in one of the country's famous national parks. This brings the number of poachers shot dead by agents of the wildlife service to five, the most killed in a month, an agency spokesman said.
A pet rhesus monkey — on its way to be euthanized — bit its Phoenix owner on the hand last week, stirring up a renewed brouhaha about monkeys and other primates making bad pets. It doesn’t take a zoological scientist to figure that one out.
Link: Tucson (Ariz.) Citizen
The dwindling population of a whale in Hawaiian waters has led the Obama administration to propose classifying the species as endangered, environmentalists say. The Hawaiian "false killer whale" has a small and ecologically important population that has suffered a significant decline over the past 25 years and only 150 of the animals may be left, a Natural Resources Defense Council release said Nov. 17.
Police suspect a fire that killed 26 animals in Karlsruhe Zoo on Dec. 12 was caused by arson. The fire brigade were too late to save miniature donkeys, ponies, dwarf goats and sheep but were able to lead elephants, hippos and flamingos to safety. Fire experts launched an investigation on Dec. 15.
Link: Spiegel Online
While setting aside massive swaths of land would seem to provide powerful strongholds for biodiversity, a new study finds that such reserves often don't reach their full conservation potential because of poor placement — they are put in areas that are convenient for people to avoid, but not for threatened species to thrive.
Fulton County Commissioner Tom Lowe argued Nov. 3 that nobody loves animals more than him — he cries when he puts his dogs down — but he said there is a place for cattle prods and bullhooks. The commission went along with Lowe, voting 4-3 against a proposed ban on the use of bullhooks by circus elephant trainers.
Two suspected ivory poachers were in custody and three others were killed by Kenyan authorities in the past week in a pair of incidents, the Kenya Wildlife Service said Nov. 1. Five elephants also were killed in the incidents.
Link: CNN (Warning: The link includes a mildly graphic picture of confiscated elephant tusks.)