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Earth Day is Everyday for Lemur Expert Dr. Wright

By Nicole Rivard

During a lecture at the IMAX theater in Norwalk, Conn., April 17, which was followed by a showing of the recently release movie “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” Dr. Patricia Wright said that she has seen the documentary 13 times already—sometimes sitting alongside Morgan Freeman, she added with a smile—and she never gets tired of it. 

Protect Hawaii's Wildlife from the USFWS

Did you know the federal government is trying to declare open season on barn owls and cattle egrets in Hawaii?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published proposed rules that would allow state and federal agencies to euthanize egrets and also barn owls in Hawaii.

Both birds are introduced species and the USFWS is claiming they are encroaching on native birds.

Protecting ancient undersea creatures

Thursday, May 9, 2013

by Priscilla Feral (as printed in the CT Post)

The odd Boston Globe headline read, "Chaperones Needed for Horseshoe Crab Mating Season," after Massachusetts marine officials reduced the number of crabs that anglers can use as bait for eel- and conch-catching -- launching a spawning survey so the public would weigh in when horseshoe crabs were seen in late spring.

Squirrel Slam Video

This squirrel hunt is an annual fundraiser for the Fire Department of Holley NY. It is the 7th Annual Squirrel Slam and occurred on February 16, 2013. However, in actuality, this is a mass squirrel-killing contest in which children & adults are awarded cash & gun prizes for killing the heaviest squirrels. Friends of Animals and its supporters were there to protest the event.

Yellow-Billed Parrots Listed Today

yellow-billed parrot

Jamaica's Yellow-Billed Parrots
Gain U.S. Protections Through the Endangered Species Act

Parrots Threatened by Pet Trade, Habitat Loss

Washington, DC "“ In a step towards curtailing the harmful global trade in birds, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) on Tuesday listed yellow-billed parrots (Amazona collaria) as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act.


Vegetarian Times - December 2012

From VT's Annual Charity Guide

by Aurelia d'Andrea


What: Whether working to protect endangered species from canned hunts (in which animals are kept in confined areas) or facilitate low-cost spay/neuter procedures for cats and dogs, Friends of Animals has been at the forefront of animal advocacy since 1957.

Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits

September 3, 2012

The New York Times


GARAMBA NATIONAL PARK, Democratic Republic of Congo - In 30 years of fighting poachers, Paul Onyango had never seen anything like this. Twenty-two dead elephants, including several very young ones, clumped together on the open savanna, many killed by a single bullet to the top of the head.

Breaking News: Advocates Ask to Stop Caviar Sales

For immediate release: March 29, 2012

Animal Advocates, Conservationists Request to Halt Sales of Caviar from Imperiled Sturgeon Species -- SIGN PETITION

New York, NY"“WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals this week requested that the CEO of, Jeff Bezos, halt the sale of caviar and other products derived from fifteen imperiled sturgeon species in his company's online marketplace.

Advocates Seek Protection for Fifteen Sturgeon Species

8 March 2012

International Caviar Trade Imperils Sturgeon from Europe to Japan

Washington, DC "“ WildEarth Guardians and Friends of Animals petitioned the National Marine Fisheries Service today to list fifteen sturgeon species as "threatened" or "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). These ancient fish have suffered from severe human exploitation, and loss of their spawning grounds to dams and pollution.