Other Wildlife News

Other Wildlife News

Our society created a legal system to resolve disputes and declare rights. While the system is designed to give humans an opportunity to be heard, it often neglects the lives of animals, especially wildlife.  Friends of Animals seeks to utilize and develop laws in a way that offers animals representation too. Wildlife legal news covers stories from around the world about how the law is being used, or abused, to control the fate of human-wildlife interactions. It also contains updates on cases that Friends of Animals is pursuing or currently engaged in.

Recent News:

July  9, 2020: Win for wildlife! 9th circuit court rules Yellowstone grizzly bears cannot be hunted!

July 9, 2020: Legal or illegal, use of snares to trap wildlife is inhumane and remains threatening to wildlife, particularly in Southeast Asia. Read more about why snares should be banned, here.

July 7, 2020: UK pushes for ban of trophy hunting imports!

July 6, 2020: The largest seizure of illegal shark fins in history may have taken place in Hong Kong, but finning will remain a global problem threatening shark populations until a true crackdown on the trade occurs.

July 5, 2020: Myanmar reluctant to release ‘out of work’ elephants  into wild. Read the story here.

July 1, 2020 Causes remain unknown for hundreds of elephant deaths in Botswana.

July 1, 2020: International groups have formed a battalion to fight disease threatening extinction of North American Salamanders.

July 1, 2020: Over 827,000 viruses present zoonotic risk, and the scientists detecting new viruses believe spillover can be prevented.

June 29, 2020: ‘Anthropause,’ brings new opportunities to research wildlife behavior.

June 29, 2020: Koalas in New South Wales at risk of extinction before 2050.

June 28,2020: Breeding of bamboo rats  banned in China due to suspicions of the species being a vector for coronavirus.

June 27, 2020: Hundreds of dead dolphins have washed up on the coast of France, as a result of sea trawler net use.

June 26, 2020: Wildlife Services’ hushed use of cyanide bombs left in the open to kill wildlife, remains ‘lacking in control’ despite restrictions. Read more here.

June 23, 2020: Loopholes in China’s ‘ban’ of wildlife trade may still be under revision, but successful reintroduction of pangolins in South African KwaZulu-Natal province brings hope.

June 22, 2020: Poaching is rising in Africa and Asia, as a result from Covid-19 lockdowns. Read the story here.

June 20, 2020: Estimates of existing lion counts, might be ‘wildly wrong.’ A new surveying technique may correct duplicate counts, and expand how resources supporting conservation may be used.

June 19, 2020: Extremes in climate change will result in the return of human activity after coronavirus shutdowns, raising harder challenges for wildlife. Read more here.

June 18, 2020: The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes in Florida has been approved by the EPA, despite decade-long objections from environmental groups.

June 18, 2020: The unreported death of a lioness who was neglected to receive veterinary care, and numerous contagion risks found within a Charleston zoo have led to a court ruling halting further intake of animals to the facility. Read the story here.

June 17 2020: Major win for wildlife! Scotland bans the shooting of seals!

June 17, 2020: Study confirms exacerbated shedding of Coronaviruses’ results from exploitation of animals in the wildlife trade industry; and there should be no debate over shutting down wildlife markets

June 17, 2020: Humanity is responsible for a long history of zoonotic disease transmission, and the configuration of global pathways that exacerbate exposure rates.

June 16, 2020: Scientists urge renewal of catfish fishing ban to prevent extinction of Amazon river dolphin. Read the story here. 

June 16, 2020: D.C. Circuit side with Trump administration’s claim that hunting African animals will reinforce the survival of such species. Read more here.

June 15 2020: If passed, a South African proposal will allow consumption of protected wild animals including rhinoceros, and may result in new wildlife wet markets. Read about the proposal here.

June 14, 2020: Threatened wild Pacific salmon ready to spawn are now facing a devastating journey in the aftermath of a landslide. Read the story here.

June 13, 2020: Rapidly declining vulture populations continue to be linked to poisoning by consumption of anti-inflammatory drugs found in carcasses of big game animals. They are now one of the most threatened groups of birds on Earth facing extinction.

June 12, 2020: Rafiki, Uganda’s beloved silverback mountain gorilla,  has been killed by hunters. Read more here. 

June 11, 2020: B.C. coal mine proposed on critical caribou habitat overlooks impacts that may reverse recovery efforts for caribou. Learn more here. 

June 11, 2020: Canadian conservation officer wins legal battle after being fired for refusing to kill bear cubs. Read about it here!

June 10, 2020: L.A. lawmakers push to ban wildlife wet markets! Prioritizing public health policy, animal welfare, and ecosystem protection, means the end of sale of live animals for human consumption! Read more here!

June 10, 2020: The French government has opened an investigation to catch the hunter who illegally killed a protected Pyrenees brown bear. After reintroduction, only 50 bears reside in the Pyrenees, and the species cannot afford any loss. Read more here.

June 10, 2020: Trump Jr.’s Secret Service protection for a Mongolian hunting trip to kill threatened argali sheep, cost taxpayers $76,000.00! Outside of Mongolia, argali sheep are endangered. Read the story here!

June 10, 2020: China’s removal of pangolins from the official list of traditional Chinese medicine treatments is a breakthrough in wildlife protection! Read more on this milestone here!

June 9, 2020: A rise in  jaguar trafficking is linked to Chinese investment in Latin America. Read more here.
June 9, 2020: ICARUS will vastly expand wildlife tracking capabilities for biologists and scientists. Read more here!
June 7, 2020: China’s recent bans of wildlife hunting and consumption have only served as temporary solutions against illegal wildlife trade while laws face revision. Previously deemed “wild” animals including emus will continue to be sold on an approved list of “domesticated livestock.” Read the story here.
June 5, 2020: FoA and Canada Geese Protection Colorado are challenging USDA’s Wildlife Services Division, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Denver Parks and Recreation for another year planned to round up and slaughter 4,000 resident Canada geese in Denver parks. Read more here!
June 4, 2020: Six elephants were killed in one day by poachers in Ethiopia, where this illegal activity has been unprecedented. Read the story here.
June 3, 2020: FoA to FWS: Keep hunters out of wildlife refuges! If U.S. Fish and Wildlife gets its way, it will open eight National Wildlife Refuges for the first time to hunting and fishing, and massively expand hunting regulations among 89 additional wildlife refuges. Read more here!
June 1, 2020: Poaching in remote, expansive areas was once hard to prove. Digital footprints literally led the way to catching one of the nation’s largest poaching rings. Read the full story here!
June 1, 2020: The rate of a mass extinction has increased to 100 times faster than it would naturally due to human activity. Read more about the studies involved and threats to biodiversity here.
May 30, 2020: Blue-blood harvests will continue as big pharma ditches synthetic alternatives to horseshoe crab blood. Read more here!
May 29, 2020: Economic recovery pushing development of the Jordan Cove pipeline is not a step forward for biodiversity, and may bring harm to endangered species including spotted owls. Read the story here. 
May 28, 2020: Trump reverses Obama-era  hunting regulations, allowing Alaskan hunters to shoot wolves, bears, and their young while in dens. Read the story here. 
May 27, 2020: Call for celebration–An Australian wildlife park has welcomed its first baby koala born since devastating bushfires! Read more about the recovery of koala populations here.
May 25, 2020: A ‘great elephant  migration’ to avoid coronavirus starvation magnifies the overdue need to end Thailand’s captive elephant tourism. Read the story here.
May 22, 2020: Rare white grizzly bear sighted in Canadian Rockies! Read the story here!
May 21, 2020: Wuhan’s ban of eating wild animals in response to coronavirus is a necessary step against illegal wildlife trade, but the effort cannot end there. It is the world’s turn to continue this stride. Read more here! 
May 20, 2020: He opposed public lands and wildlife protections. Trump gave him a top environment job. Read this story about William Perry Pendley here!
May 17, 2020: After many years of seeking to limit the killing of wildlife by the infamous “Wildlife Services,” the animal killing arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there has finally been some progress: Wildlife Services to cut back killings pending environmental review. Read the story here!
April 6, 2020: Friends of Animals to the World Health Organization and the United Nations–Shut down wildlife markets to avoid future pandemics. Read the story here!
April 8, 2020: Judge rules in favor of Friends of Animals–EPA should reconsider wild horse birth control PZP. Read about it here!

Past, but still interesting news, about wildlife and animal rights:
Federal appeals court upholded the killing of barred owls. Read about it here!
The Nonhuman Rights Project led by Steven Wise filed a lawsuit to give rights to three captive elephants under habeas corpus. Read about it here!
The smallest dolphin in the world, the Maui dolphin, is now listed as endangered under the ESA, along with the South Island Hector’s dolphin. The final rule is on the Federal Register here.
 The IUCN has changed the status of the snow leopard from endangered to vulnerable, but leading conservation organizations don’t agree. Read about it here! 
Here we go again, the gun has become the government’s choice of management tools when it comes to wildlife on public lands. Read the latest here: Grand Canyon National Park will reduce the size of its bison herd through culling, trapping and moving the animals to other locations.