Shares of SeaWorld Entertainment (SEAS), which operates 11 theme parks, plummeted more than 33 percent on Wednesday, hitting an all-time low. The problem: Worries about claims of mistreatment of killer whales at its SeaWorld locations hurt attendance, and it slashed its earnings outlook.
Link: CBS News
Listen to a brand new radio interview with Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, in which he discusses the dire need to protect lions from extinction—and what Born Free USA is doing to help.
Link: BYU Radio
Fur prices have dropped significantly in 2014—the largest drop in a single year in more than three decades. And, this admission actually comes from a pro-trapping publication. Could this spell trouble for the cruel fur industry? Visit the Fur Free Retailer website to learn which retailers have taken a stand against the barbaric use of fur in fashion.
Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, continues his monthly column for Wildlife Extra with his views on marine mammals being kept in captivity—and the continuing controversy surrounding SeaWorld.
Link: Wildlife Extra
In light of the shrinking lion population, and in the spirit of awareness and conservation efforts around the globe, Sunday, August 10 was World Lion Day. Due to a combination of poaching, disease, and habitat loss, the species is teetering on the brink of extinction.
A six-pound baby coyote pup was rescued after a Good Samaritan found the suffering animal in a Santa Maria alley in California, tied up with stereo electrical cable wires. Though the pup suffered terrible injuries, she is making an excellent recovery.
The City of Calgary is suspending all beaver trapping until it completes a review of a recent incident. A beaver had been building a dam, and the city feared that it could flood a bike path. Officials hired a contractor to trap and kill the animal, but the trap malfunctioned--and people using the path came upon the upsetting sight of the beaver struggling to free itself.
Link: CBC News
New Jersey has become the first state to ban the sale or import of ivory and rhinoceros horns in a bid to stem the state’s role as a major hub in the illegal trade of such products. “New Jersey has emerged as a powerful leader on these issues,” said Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA. “This new law is of particular importance because the port of Newark is a hub for illegal wildlife trade. The elephant poaching epidemic across Africa has reached crisis levels and rhino poaching is escalating exponentially, so we have no time to waste in enacting legislation.”