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

Believed to be a shapeshifter critically endangered Sumatran tiger savagely tortured and killed

Remote Indonesian villagers who were becoming increasingly fearful that a shapeshifter was hiding out in their community killed and disemboweled a rare Sumatran tiger last Sunday because they thought it harnessed supernatural powers, conservation officials said. The bloodied carcass of the critically endangered big cat was photographed hanging from beams covering a public gathering space … Continue reading Believed to be a shapeshifter critically endangered Sumatran tiger savagely tortured and killed

Charges detail extensive poaching ring responsible for slaughtering more than 100 animals in Washington and Oregon

The Denver Post reports an extensive poaching ring is responsible for slaughtering more than 100 black bears, cougars, bobcats, deer and elk in southwestern Washington and northwestern Oregon, with many of the animals hunted with dogs and then left to rot, authorities said. “There was an absolute wanton disregard for our conservation laws,” Washington Department … Continue reading Charges detail extensive poaching ring responsible for slaughtering more than 100 animals in Washington and Oregon

67 tiger deaths in India

In just six month 67 tigers have died—and the Indian government does not know why—the New Indian Express reported early this month. In a worrying trend in the first six months this year, 11 tigers died every month, which means one tiger death reported every three days. What should concern the government more is that … Continue reading 67 tiger deaths in India

Illegal road in India Tiger Reserve

The Hindu reports a group of private landowners constructed a 4 km road between Anamada and Periyashola by encroaching on forestland, causing severe damage to the fragile ecosystem of the Parambikulam Tiger Reserve and the adjoining Nelliampathy hill ranges. The road, which facilitates tourist access to environmentally fragile private estates spread over 782 acres and … Continue reading Illegal road in India Tiger Reserve

Poachers wanted for killing 30 tigers nabbed

The Times of India reported a major breakthrough: the special task force (STF) of Madhya Pradesh forest department arrested three poachers who have the blood of at least 30 tigers on their hands and wanted by CBI in connection with tiger poaching cases in the Vidarbha region between October 2012 and May 2013. Three foot … Continue reading Poachers wanted for killing 30 tigers nabbed

Denver Zoo disputes report of man entering lion exhibit

Fox 31 Denver news reported the Denver Police Department said a man jumped into an exhibit and touched a lion — but officials with the Denver Zoo say that’s not what happened. Police said on March 18th, Matthew Swearingen, 34, reportedly jumped into the lion exhibit and touched a lion. Police said Swearingen was detained … Continue reading Denver Zoo disputes report of man entering lion exhibit

Owner vintage clothing store charged with nine counts of selling items made from endangered species

The owner of a vintage clothing store on Haight Street in San Francisco was charged last Wednesday with nine counts related to selling items made of endangered species, including jaguar and snow leopard skins, the SFGate reported last Thursday. Cicely Ann Hansen, proprietor of Decades of Fashion on Haight and Belvedere streets, was charged with … Continue reading Owner vintage clothing store charged with nine counts of selling items made from endangered species

Five frozen tigers found in Nghe An

According to Viet Nam Net News, local police of central Nghe An Province seized five frozen tigers after conducting a raid on a resident’s house in Dien Chau District last Monday. The tigers are alleged to be Indochinese tigers (Panthera tigris corbetti), weighing some 100-150kg each, without internal organs. The police are investigating the case. … Continue reading Five frozen tigers found in Nghe An

Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple plans to reopen under another name

An investigation by international animal welfare charity World Animal Protection (WAP) has exposed that Thailand’s controversial Tiger Temple Co. Ltd. is planning to reopen under the new name Golden Tiger (Thailand) Co. Ltd. WAP is extremely concerned about these developments given the appalling circumstances and conditions that led to the closure of Tiger Temple and … Continue reading Thailand’s infamous Tiger Temple plans to reopen under another name