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More Than 100 Primates Given New Homes

Published 12/16/11
By Vincent T. Davis, My San Antonio

A transfer of 113 primates from the defunct Wild Animal Orphanage to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley was approved Monday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. In August 2010, the Northwest Side animal orphanage announced on its website that it was being dissolved because of overpopulation, underfunding and inadequate housing. More than 190 animals were at two locations, a 7-acre site at 9626 Leslie Road and 102 acres on Talley Road, at the time of the announcement.

Link: GlobalAnimal.org

Thousands of Birds Crash-Land in Utah Parking Lot

Published 12/15/11

Thousands of migratory birds were killed or injured after apparently mistaking a Walmart in Cedar City, football fields and other snow-covered areas of southern Utah for bodies of water and plummeting to the ground in what one state wildlife expert called the worst mass bird crash she'd ever seen. Crews went to work cleaning up the dead birds and rescuing the injured survivors after the creatures crash-landed in the St. George area on Dec. 12.

Link: KSL.com

New Rule on Endangered Species Would End State-By-State Listing for Threatened Plants, Animals

Published 12/13/11
By Associated Press

The Obama administration has issued a new interpretation of the Endangered Species Act aimed at streamlining the classification of threatened plants or animals. The Bush-era policy was withdrawn last spring after two federal courts rejected it. The new policy would clarify that a species could be listed as threatened or endangered if threats occur in a “significant portion of its range,” even if the threat does not apply in the entire range.

Link: Washington Post


Captive Tigers at Risk in the U.S., Not Just in the Wild

Published 12/05/11
By Steve Krafft, Fox 10 News (Phoenix)

(WARNING: The video this story links to contains graphic images.)

PHOENIX — A tiger cub named Orion born at the Wildlife World Zoo in the west valley was eventually given to a small roadside zoo back east — a zoo that had a history of problems. Now Orion is coming back to Arizona, but it got us wondering — what else can happen to tigers in captivity? It turns out Orion is one very lucky cat.

Link: MyFoxPhoenix.com

N.J. Senate Panel Advances Tiger Tracking Bill

Published 12/01/11
By Matt Friedman, NorthJersey.com

A Senate panel has approved a measure intended to serve as an international model to prevent trafficking in tigers and their body parts. The bill (S3061) would establish strict reporting and registration requirements for captive tigers in New Jersey to prevent their illegal trade. It cleared the Senate Economic Growth Committee unanimously. “This bill will send a message throughout the country and indeed the world that this illegal trade in tiger parts is horrible,” said its sponsor, state Sen. Raymond Lesniak (D-Union).

Link: NorthJersey.com

Horse Meat Inspection Ban Lifted In the U.S.

Published 11/30/11
By Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press

Horses could soon be butchered in the United States for human consumption after Congress quietly lifted a 5-year-old ban on funding horse meat inspections, and activists say slaughterhouses could be up and running in as little as a month.

Link: AP/Huffington Post


Tigers Used as Holiday Mall Attractions

Published 11/29/11

One attraction holiday shoppers might notice at the mall this year is not a photo op with Santa, but instead, with tiger cubs. At malls across the United States shoppers can pay a fee to have their photos taken with baby tigers and even play with them in their pens. But Lisa Guerrero and the "Inside Edition" I-Squad discovered that shoppers might be surprised to learn where these tigers come.

Link: InsideEdition.com


Court Approves Transfer of Primates from Closed Sanctuary

Published 11/22/11
By Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News

A transfer of 113 primates from the defunct Wild Animal Orphanage to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley was approved Monday by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas. In August 2010, the Northwest Side animal orphanage announced on its website that it was being dissolved because of overpopulation, underfunding and inadequate housing.

Link: San Antonio Express-News

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