Eyes on Washington week ending 07.21.17

The Endangered Species Act On Wednesday, July 19th, Congress held two legislative hearings on six separate bills that would undermine the Endangered Species Act and the species that benefit from its protections. Since it was enacted in 1973, the Endangered Species Act has saved more than 99 percent of listed species from extinction. But opponents … Continue reading Eyes on Washington week ending 07.21.17

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

Snow Leopards find sanctuary in a former trophy hunting concession

The Guardian reports: Since taking office in 2011 the current president of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Atambayev, turned the former Soviet Republic into a center point for snow leopard conservation and research. Just two years ago, Shamshy was a concession for high-paying trophy hunters looking to bag an ibex. Today, it’s protecting those prey animals that snow … Continue reading Snow Leopards find sanctuary in a former trophy hunting concession

Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats

The Guardian reported last week on a new report by Professor David Macdonald, a scientist at Oxford University who studied Cecil the Lion years before the animal was killed by an American dentist. According to Macdonald, trophy hunting could help conserve lions. In his report for UK ministers, Macdonald concluded that strictly regulated hunting of … Continue reading Oxford University professor who studied Cecil says strictly regulated hunting could help stop destruction of lion habitats

Average of 110 Tigers a year entering the illegal trade chain in Asia over 16 years

A comprehensive analysis of 16 years of Tiger seizures shows that Asia’s failure to ramp up enforcement, close Tiger farms, strengthen laws and reduce demand are to blame for the persistent illegal trade in Tiger parts, was published by TRAFFIC on last Wednesday. Reduced To Skin And Bones Re-Examined: Full Analysis released on the eve … Continue reading Average of 110 Tigers a year entering the illegal trade chain in Asia over 16 years

76 tiger deaths were reported in India from January to October 2016

The Times of India reported earlier this month as many as 76 tiger deaths were reported in the country from January to October this year, with Madhya Pradesh at the top of the list, accounting for nearly a third of all mortalities. Karnataka, which boasts the highest tiger population among states, was second with 13 … Continue reading 76 tiger deaths were reported in India from January to October 2016

WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 30 October 2016

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, 30 October 2016: … Continue reading WildCat News Brief Podcast ~ with host Alex Warner ~ 30 October 2016

Poachers Illegally Kill Hundreds of Endangered Snow Leopards Each Year

A new report published by WWF-TRAFFIC ahead of last week’s UN meeting on snow leopards and International Snow Leopard Day, An Ounce of Prevention: Snow Leopard Crime Revisited estimates that between 221-450 snow leopards have been poached annually since 2008—a minimum of four per week. But this number could be substantially higher since many killings … Continue reading Poachers Illegally Kill Hundreds of Endangered Snow Leopards Each Year