Wild animals could be banned from circuses in Britain if a cross-party alliance of MPs succeeds with a call on Thursday (June 23) for government action. Members of Parliament will vote on a motion brought forward by backbenchers from the three main parties proposing a ban.
The New York state Assembly overwhelmingly adopted legislation this week that outlaws sales of bear gallbladders and bile — which are used in traditional Asian medicine to treat everything from headaches and fever to liver ailments. The Senate unanimously approved the bill last week. It now goes to Gov. Cuomo’s desk.
Link: New York Daily News
An army transport plane flew Tuesday from a military airport to take four rare wild horses to Mongolia as part of the Prague Zoo's efforts to reintroduce the endangered species to its native habitat.
Link: Yahoo! News/Associated Press
Animal activists expressed outrage Friday, June 3 at the discovery of two dead snub fin dolphins tied to mangroves and weighted with a concrete slab, saying every death took the rare species nearer to extinction. The dolphins were found in wetlands in Australia's world-famous Great Barrier Reef region last week by a recreational fisherman. Police said they suspected they were caught in a net cast by illegal fishing crews.
A probe by Living on Earth finds that some butcher shops in the are offering lion meat — but it's unlikely it came from some big game hunt. Living on Earth’s Ike Sriskandarajah found lion meat on the shelf at his neighborhood butcher and followed the trail to a dark corner of the exotic meat trade.
Link: Living on Earth
A federal judge on May 17 put a hold on an agreement between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and an environmental group that would have removed the perpetual log jam that hinders protection for threatened and endangered species.
Link: Los Angeles Times
Tigers. African and Asian elephants. Rhinos. Great apes. Marine turtles. The U.S. Postal Service unveiled a stamp May 11 on Capitol Hill at the Annual Association of Zoos and Aquariums reception that could help save them all. When issued in September, net proceeds from the sales of the Save Vanishing Species semipostal stamp will be transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds.
Link: U.S. Postal Service
The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it intends to work through a backlog of more than 250 imperiled animal and plant species over the next six years to decide if they need protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Link: AP/Chicago Sun-Times