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3 Poachers, 5 Elephants Killed in Kenya

Published 11/01/10
By CNN

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.)

China Tells Zoos To Do Better Amid Abuse Concerns

Published 10/28/10
By Associated Press

BEIJING – China has urged zoos to stop serving wild animal products and holding wildlife performances in an attempt to improve the treatment of tigers, bears and other animals amid concerns over widespread abuse in zoos and wildlife parks.

Link: Associated Press/Yahoo News!


fffashion Winner Mayen — An Exclusive Interview

Published 10/25/10

Valerie Mayen is a recent winner of Born Free USA’s fashion challenge. Tommy Garrett of Canyon News recently interviewed Mayen and posted the Q&A.

Link: Canyon News

Journalist Blasts Circuses' Exploitation of Elephants

Published 10/21/10
By Hugh S. Bailey, assistant editorial page editor

Suppose everything the circus people say is true. The elephants they use in their shows are not harmed, and the training is humane. The animals are healthy and happy. Even if all that is right, it doesn't change the bigger picture. Performing elephants should have long since gone the way of the circus freak show. It's something future generations will look back on in embarrassment.

Link: Connecticut Post

Key Tiger Habitats in Russia At Risk

Published 10/20/10
By Agence France-Presse

MOSCOW – Key tiger habitats in Russia's Far East are slated for logging in what would be a new blow to the dwindling population of the highly endangered Amur tiger, the World Wildlife Federation reported Oct. 20. Within a week, the local government in Primorsky region is planning to auction off some 28,000 cubic metres (990,000 cubic feet) of forest that includes cedar and oak forest inhabited by the Amur tiger, said the WWF's Denis Smirnov.

Link: AFP/Yahoo News!

Coyotes, Not Hunters, Proposed for Valley Forge

Published 10/18/10
By The Associated Press

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — An animal-rights group that opposes the use of hunters to cut the deer population in Valley Forge National Historical Park wants officials to consider using coyotes instead. Friends of Animals opposes a plan to use sharpshooters to eliminate more than 80 percent of the Pennsylvania park's deer in the next four years. Last year, it filed a lawsuit seeking to stop the hunts.

Link: The Associated Press/Yahoo News!

Dolphin Hunt Held at 'The Cove' Site Despite Protests

Published 10/12/10
By Reuters

Fishermen at the Japanese town made famous by the controversial Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove" shrugged off protests by animal rights activists on Tuesday to carry out their grisly annual dolphin hunt.

Link: Reuters

D.C. Council Tentatively OKs Bill on Animal- and Pest-Control Firms

Published 10/07/10
By Tim Craig, Washington Post

Furry critters across the District of Columbia — with the exception of rats and mice — soon could be getting a reprieve from animal-control specialists who rid homes and properties of wild animals. The D.C. Council gave tentative approval Oct. 5 to a bill to impose some of the nation's strictest standards for how animal- and pest-control companies can remove raccoons, opossums, foxes, snakes and other nuisance animals from lawns, attics and basements.

Link: The Washington Post

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