Maine wildlife officials rushed through new rules intended to help keep Canada lynx out of sportsmen’s traps. However, the quick fix will not end the state’s legal trouble with two wildlife advocacy organizations, who are not convinced the clarifications will prevent future deaths or injuries among the 500 or so lynx believed to inhabit Maine.
State mends rules after lynx trap death
Bangor Daily News
After weeks of impassioned and lengthy debates over elephants and whether the world's largest land mammals still belong in the Los Angeles Zoo, supporters and critics alike got only a tentative verdict Wednesday: The City Council halted construction of the zoo's controversial $42-million elephant exhibit but did not outright kill it.
Born Free USA united with API believes passionately that wildlife belongs in the wild. Indeed, our UK-based partner, the Born Free Foundation, originated as a campaign specifically to get elephants out of zoos.
Construction halted on Los Angeles Zoo elephant exhibit
Los Angeles Times
Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer Will Travers appeared on “Insight,” on Capitol Public Radio, Thursday, December 4, to talk about his life, running marathons, and the amazing work Born Free USA is doing for animals around the globe. Click on the link below to hear the archived broadcast. Will appears at about 25 minutes into the program.
Authorities are investigating how a family dog in Alaska was ensnared in a bear trap set in a neighborhood full of pets and children, officials said. The 4-year-old dog died hours after being trapped in a Conibear 220 spring-loaded trap. The trap is designed to kill foxes, beavers, and coyotes. The family says they believe one of their neighbors might have set and baited the trap.
Born Free USA united with API, which sees traps as a particularly loathsome form of animal cruelty, tracks incidents of non-target animals caught in traps.
Officials investigate dog trapping
United Press International
The edited version of the Christian the Lion story, making the rounds on the Internet over the last year, has been named a 2008 "Moments that Mattered" in The New York Times Magazine.
Because this story is so intertwined with who and what Born Free is, we are overjoyed that the story is making as much of a difference now as it did then.
Moments That Mattered
The New York Times Magazine
Last week's death of Mac, a 2-year-old Asian elephant, at the Houston Zoo again puts the spotlight on the ability of zoos to safely care for elephants. As the article points out, "None of the 14 calves conceived by the zoos's elephants during the last 25 years is alive today."
With 10 zoo elephant deaths in 2008, and increasing incidents of the untreatable elephant herpes virus, the zoo industry has a lot of questions to answer.
Zoo a hot spot for fatal elephant Virus
The Houston Chronicle
Chicago's aldermen were not ready to step right up today and support a proposal aimed at curbing abuse of circus elephants. Two aldermen blocked a vote on the elephant-protection ordinance championed by Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th) as the circus comes to the city next week. Smith originally wanted to ban the use of bull hooks on elephants. She agreed to amend the proposal to merely make it illegal "to use on an elephant any device or instrument with the intent to cause pain and injury, except as necessary to administer legitimate medical treatment." The ordinance also would ban chaining elephants except when necessary. Both changes leave more room for interpretation by circuses and law enforcement.
Born Free USA united with API's lawsuit against Ringling for mistreating its endangered Asian elephants (with, among other things, chaining and the bullhook) goes to trial on February 9, 2009.
Aldermen block vote on elephant-protection ordinance
Chicago Breaking News Center
Both California and Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly passed ballot measures protecting animals.
Proposition 2 in California passed by a margin of 63% to 37%! California is the first state to ban battery cages. Proposition 2 will phase out gestation crates, veal crates, and battery cages. Many animals on industrial farms are confined in small cages or crates and suffer tremendously. The overcrowded conditions on factory farms have also been found to pollute the air, contaminate groundwater and threaten human health. For more information visit www.yesonprop2.com.
Proposition 3 in Massachusetts passed by a margin of 56% to 44%! According to GREY2K this is the first time in history that dog tracks have been closed down by citizens’ vote. Proposition 3 will phase out commercial dog racing in the state by 2010. Racing dogs are housed in cages barely large enough for them to stand up or turn around, and in the past five years, more than 700 dogs have been injured on the racetrack. For more information please visit www.protectdogs.org.
These are historic victories for the animals. We thank all the voters who voted with compassion during this election.