Eyes on Washington week ending 04.20.18

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg testified at congressional hearings earlier this month for the company’s role in the data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica’s, exploitation of weaknesses in Facebook’s privacy controls to collect personal information about 87 million people without their consent. During the proceeding he was also questioned about Facebook’s role in facilitating the illegal trade in … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 04.20.18

Revered elephant conservationist dies at 83

Daphne Sheldrick, a wildlife conservationist who saved hundreds of orphaned elephants in Africa, chronicled in documentaries like “Born to Be Wild,” died on April 12th in Nairobi. She was 83. Ms. Sheldrick, a British subject was born in Africa and spent her life there, became an important voice in the movement to save the declining … Continue reading Revered elephant conservationist dies at 83

Eyes on Washington week ending 03.23.18

A coalition of environmental and animal-welfare groups are challenging the Trump administration’s moves to allow the importation of the heads, hides and tusks of African elephants as hunting trophies. Four groups filed an amended lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington against Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over this month’s announcement that USFWS will begin considering … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 03.23.18

Eyes on Washington week ending 03.09.18

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly lifts ban On March 1, 2018 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a memo lifting the ban on importing sport-hunted trophies of elephants from certain African countries, just three months after Trump appeared to pause a first attempt to do so amid public outrage. In the memo, USFWS … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 03.09.18

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

United States trained Ugandans in combating wildlife trafficking

The U.S. has trained Ugandan authorities in wildlife crime to build their capacity to protect the country’s natural heritage and to combat illicit trafficking that threatens both Uganda’s abundant wildlife and security. The donation of 10 wildlife crime scene investigation kits by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) will assist several Ugandan agencies in … Continue reading United States trained Ugandans in combating wildlife trafficking

“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

China to phase out trade in ivory by the end of 2017

China announced late last week it will shut down its domestic ivory market by the end of 2017—a move designed to curb the mass slaughter of African elephants. Wildlife experts thought the international ban on ivory trade would slow or even stop the killing of elephants for their tusks; it did not in fact it … Continue reading China to phase out trade in ivory by the end of 2017

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 08 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, 08 January 2017: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 08 January 2017

The Rise of Environmental Crime

Earlier this week the United Nations Environment Programme and INTERPOL published a comprehensive report on environmental crime The Rise of Environmental Crime: A Growing Threat to Natural Resources, Peace, Development and Security. With an ever increasing threat of mass extinction of iconic species including elephants, rhinos, and tigers, through illegal wildlife trade, the illegal destruction … Continue reading The Rise of Environmental Crime