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Wolverines Merit Endangered Species Protection, But Must Wait

Published 12/14/10
By Howard Pankratz, Denver Post

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced Dec. 13 that the wolverine warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act, but the listing will be delayed because other species take higher priority. Wolverines, who are members of the weasel family, are only a candidate for listing, and their status will be reviewed annually, the agency said.

Link: The Denver Post

Five-Star Tourism Won't Save the Tiger

Published 12/09/10
By Philippa Jacks, TTG Live

Tiger tourism in India and Nepal can only help to protect the species from extinction if it is community-led, said a leading wildlife agency. Speaking at a Save The Wild Tigers forum in London, Debbie Banks, head of tiger campaigns at the Environment Investigation Agency, said these countries lack tourist products that sufficiently benefit local communities.

Link: TTG Live

No Trunk Call: Herd of Wildlife Experts Scorns Auckland's Elephant Park

Published 12/08/10
By The Aucklander, New Zealand

Some of the most powerful voices in world wildlife welfare have banded together with leading zoo professionals to stop New Zealand's Auckland Zoo from forming a herd of elephants in inner-city Western Springs Park.

Link: The Aucklander

Montana Governor Says Wolf Deal Dead

Published 12/07/10
By Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. — Negotiations to remove Northern Rockies gray wolves from the endangered species list hit an impasse Monday (Dec. 6), after Wyoming and Idaho refused to go along with an Interior Department proposal on the issue, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer said. Schweitzer said the breakdown in talks among the three states and the Obama administration makes it unlikely Congress will address the issue this year.

Link: Associated Press/Yahoo! News

Bile Trade: Cruel to Bears, Possibly Fatal to Humans

Published 12/06/10
By Simon Perry, China Daily

It's sold in small, expensive vials to tourists from Hong Kong and Asia as a health tonic to improve your liver function, your libido and your general health. But the bear bile sold to visitors in Vietnam is not only cruel and illegal but potentially deadly to those who use it.

Link: ChinaDaily.com

Oregon To End Exotic Pet Permits in 2011

Published 12/02/10
By Associated Press

Exotic pet permits are about to go extinct in Oregon. The state Department of Agriculture says that, beginning in January, the state will not issue any new permits while it phases out the old ones. The agency is acting at the direction of the 2009 Legislature, which ordered the change to protect the public against health and safety risks posed to the community by exotic animals.

Link: Associated Press/OregonLive.com


Monkeys Used for Research in South Texas (VIDEO)

Includes Comments From Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary Director Tim Ajax

Published 11/29/10
By KIIItv.com (Corpus Christi, Texas)

They are in the business of keeping you, me, all of us alive. But the work is highly controversial. You may not know that two of the largest breeders and importers of monkeys in the United States are right here in the Coastal Bend. They are in the business of medicine. And that means testing drugs on animals. Watch the video.

Link: KIIItv.com (Corpus Christi, Texas)


$6,000 Monkey Catches Attention

Published 11/29/10
By Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch

Remember the $6,000 capuchin monkey that caused waves when it was euthanized so it could be tested for rabies after it bit an Oneida Castle woman? Well, that monkey has caught some national attention. Earlier this week, Born Free USA learned of Jada’s story and sent out a news release calling on New York state to reconsider its rabies testing requirements. The group also took aim at those who keep exotic animals as pets.

Link: Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch

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