Arlington, Virginia bans future ownership of exotic animals as pets

The Arlington County Board last Tuesday night banned the ownership of a whole variety of species including primates, raccoons, wolves or wolf hybrids, coyotes, squirrels, foxes, leopards, tigers, lions, bears, wildcats, flightless birds (ratites), venomous snakes, and certain scorpions, centipedes and spiders. But hedgehogs and nonvenomous snakes are permitted. The measure however, contains a grandfather … Continue reading Arlington, Virginia bans future ownership of exotic animals as pets

Local news from the States

Santa Fe City Councilor proposes banning circuses Santa Fe City Councilor Signe Lindell introduced a proposed ordinance that would prohibit circuses and other traveling animal acts in Santa Fe; rodeos would be exempt. Lindell said her measure targeting animal acts would fail if rodeos were included. Debby Everett district leader with HSUS in Santa Fe … Continue reading Local news from the States

LA to ban wild or exotic animals in shows

Los Angeles will no longer allow wild or exotic animals to be used for entertainment purposes—such as circuses, exotic animal shows, or similar venues. The city council unanimously approved a motion to draft the ban last Tuesday. The motion was introduced by council member David Ryu. “Wild and exotic animals have a long history of … Continue reading LA to ban wild or exotic animals in shows

Eyes on Washington week ending 03.31.17

An Executive Order signed by Trump last week lifted the moratorium of federal coal leases that will allow the excavation of a fossil fuel on public lands that ironically few mining companies apparently want. Irrespective of campaign promises to bring back thousands of lost mining jobs, industry experts say coal mining jobs will continue to … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 03.31.17

Indiana and South Carolina consider increasing restrictions on wild animals

Indiana Representative Eberhart introduced House Bill 1332 that will prohibit a person from possessing, selling, transferring, or breeding a dangerous wild animal, and prohibits a person who owns a dangerous wild animal from allowing a member of the public to come into direct contact with the animal. HB 1332 was referred to the house committee … Continue reading Indiana and South Carolina consider increasing restrictions on wild animals

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 22 January 2017

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 22 January 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 22 January 2017

Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area

From the BBC Environment and Science News The first ever recorded video footage showing snow leopards and common leopards sharing the same habitat on the Tibetan plateau is causing concern among conservationists. They are worried about the future of the snow leopard’s habitat if common leopards begin to live at higher elevations in a warming … Continue reading Concerns over first snow and common leopards found in same area

“The Greatest Show on Earth” taking down the big top

News began circulating Saturday night into Sunday morning regarding Feld Entertainment’s announcement that Ringling Bros. circus will cease performances in May 2017. Animal advocacy organizations and advocates around the world are applauding the decision. Kenneth Feld said in a statement on Saturday that “Ringling Bros. ticket sales have been declining, but following the transition of … Continue reading “The Greatest Show on Earth” taking down the big top

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 15 January 2017

WildCat Conservation Legal Aid Society ~ WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner Our weekly podcast provides a recap of the week’s top news stories affecting all wildcats around the world. The series also highlights work performed by WCCLAS, featured interviews, commentaries and special reports. Top News Stories for Sunday, 15 January 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 15 January 2017

Endangered Amur tiger tied up for photo ops

Chinese animal trainers were caught tying up an endangered tiger for spectators to take pictures with at a circus show, the Daily Mail UK reported last Monday. A shocking video of the scenes appeared on Chinese news websites. In the video, the Amur Tiger, a protected species in China, got its body and limbs tied … Continue reading Endangered Amur tiger tied up for photo ops