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President Obama: “We Need to Take Urgent Action” to Save Elephants

by Jacqueline Barba

  Calling for “urgent action” in the fight to save elephants, President Obama has promised that his administration “won’t let up” on efforts to prevent the extinction of this majestic species. The President stated his commitment to ending poaching and the ivory trade in an interview with HSUS last Thursday, World Wildlife Day. On the […]

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Two Reptile Smugglers Have Been Caught in Indonesia!

by Ryan Murphy

  The tables have been turned on two Indonesian reptile smugglers who have been captured, shining a spotlight of justice on the animals who the smugglers have held captive for far too long. Darmawan and Yongki, two students from Bogor Institute of Agriculture, were sentenced to five months each in prison after they were found […]

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Colorado Rancher Illegally Kills 1,794 Wild Horses

by Ryan Murphy

  Last October, a report surfaced which shows that a Colorado rancher and livestock hauler purchased 1,794 wild horses and willingly and illegally sold each of these magnificent wild animals to suffer a brutal death at slaughterhouses in Mexico. The rancher, Tom Davis, bought the horses through the Wild Horse and Burro Program, administered by […]

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Experts Agree: Zoos Do More Harm Than Good

by Jacqueline Barba

Across their 5,500-year history, and regardless of improvements through the ages, the central problem of zoos has remained the same: zoos cannot accommodate the psychological and physical needs of the animals they keep captive. Claims that captivity somehow benefits animals at-risk in the wild ring equally hollow. A recent column by Antonia Russo makes this […]

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Sri Lanka “Gifts” Baby Elephant to New Zealand

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  We recently commended Sri Lanka for taking a powerful stand against the ivory trade. Unfortunately, we must now report tragic actions against elephants by the Sri Lankan and New Zealand governments. Recently, the Sri Lankan government “gifted” a baby elephant to New Zealand Prime Minister John Key. This “gift” will have the consequences of […]

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Sri Lanka Destroys Ivory Stockpile!

by Jacqueline Barba

In a Seaside Ceremony, Leaders Apologized for Complicity in Poaching Last month, Sri Lanka publicly destroyed its stores of confiscated ivory. In doing so, it became the 16th country to demonstrate a commitment to both ending this illegal trade and also to preventing confiscated ivory from making its way back onto the black market. However, […]

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Did You Know About Kerala’s Suffering Temple Elephants?

by Jacqueline Barba

  Rampant Elephant Abuse in the Indian State Prompts An Official Response A small but significant stand has been taken against the abusive treatment of temple elephants in Kerala, India: an office of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) has filed criminal charges against Thiruvambadi Devaswom Temple for gross neglect of the elephants in its care. […]

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Justice For Chai – Dead at #3 Worst Zoo for Elephants

by Toni Frohoff, PhD.

  Oklahoma City Zoo is to blame. On January 30, beloved Asian elephant Chai was found dead, alone and laying outside in the cold elephant yard at Oklahoma City Zoo. The situation surrounding her death is suspicious, and marks the second premature elephant death at the zoo in recent months. News of Chai’s death is […]

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Elephant Attacks, Kills Tourist

by Jacqueline Barba

Renewed Call to End Abusive Animal Tourism in Thailand After Elephant Attacks, Kills Tourist Last week in Thailand,  a British tourist  was thrown, gored, and trampled to death by an elephant he was “riding” during a trek on the island of Koh Samui.  The media attention gained by this incident has increased pressure on the […]