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Foreign Animals on Feds' Radar

Published 04/01/13
By Chad Gillis, News-Press (Fort Myers, FL)

While many Floridians are well-versed in animal protection and guarding against invasive species — such as the Burmese python — not everyone in Southwest Florida is pleased with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's foreign push and what it might mean for local animals.

Link: News-Press.com

Sen. Hatch Leads Effort to Strip Gray Wolves of Endangered Status

Published 03/27/13
By Ben Lockhart, Deseret News

Led by Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, 72 senators and representatives formally asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Monday (March 25) to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act.

Link: DeseretNews.com

Dianna Hanson Lion Mauling: Born Free USA Urges Stricter Safety Standards

Published 03/25/13
By Chandrashekar Srinivasan, International Business Times

The tragic death of Dianna Hanson at the Cat Haven wildlife sanctuary in California should focus attention on the dangers of working in captive animal facilities, according to one of the world's foremost animal advocacy organizations.

Link: IBTimes.co.uk

Illinois Lawmaker Battles to Ban Lion Meat

Published 03/13/13
By CNN

Dying to try lion? If you live in Illinois, you'd better get your fix quickly before proposed legislation would make the "mane" course a Class A misdemeanor. Illinois State Representative Luis Arroyo proposed HB 2991 to the state's General Assembly last month. If the Lion Meat Act passes, Illinois will become the first U.S. state to forbid lion slaughter, or for any person to possess, breed, import, export, buy or sell lions for the purpose of slaughter.

Link: Eatocracy.CNN.com

Rise In Poaching Prompts Demands for Ivory Ban

Published 03/11/13
By Henry Ridgwell, Voice of America

The global trade in ivory and rhino horn is at the top of the agenda at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, or CITES conference, taking place in Bangkok. The conference is debating imposing bans on all wildlife trade in 19 countries unless they crack down on the poaching, smuggling or sale of illegal ivory.

Link: VOANews.com

Lion Mauling Death: How Dangerous Are Private Zoos?

Published 03/08/13
By Gloria Goodale, Christian Science Monitor

The mauling death of a 24-year-old intern at a private zoo in central California Wednesday has renewed calls for better regulation of exotic animals in the United States. A five-year-old male African lion named CousCous — who had once appeared as a cub on the TV show “Ellen” — attacked and killed the volunteer, Dianna Hanson, who was alone in the cage with the big cat.

Link: CSMonitor.com

Coroner: Lion Killed Woman after Escaping Cage

Published 03/08/13
By Tracie Cone and Gosia Wozniacka, Associated Press

The investigation into a lion attack that killed a 24-year-old woman who loved big cats is focusing on a cage door that the 550-pound animal managed to escape through to reach the volunteer intern, officials say.

Link: MiamiHerald.com

People and Animals at Immediate Risk from Wildlife Crime, CITES Chief Warns

Published 03/04/13
By Damian Carrington, The Guardian (U.K.)

Crime syndicates and terrorists are outgunning those on the frontline of wildlife protection and pose a deadly threat to people and animals, the world's top wildlife official has told the Guardian. The law enforcement fightback must mirror the war against illegal drugs, said John Scanlon, secretary general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), with undercover operations and harsh penalties.

Link: Guardian.co.uk

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