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August 12 2018

World Elephant Day

In 1989, CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) issued an international ban on the ivory trade. Despite this, legal trade still exists in many countries, including Japan, and the black market continues to do a brisk business, more business than ever before. In many cases, poachers out weaponize game wardens, and governments…

May 20 2018

The Buzz on Elephants: Bees Keep them Away

Imagine, you’re sitting and reading a book on a Sunday afternoon. Instead of hearing a knock on the door – you feel a rumble. And the next thing you know the roof of your home has been collapsed by a herd of elephants. Or your crops have been destroyed by elephants trampled through or snacking…

January 1 2018

Saving Wildlife: We Can If We Try

People are smart. We can make a choice moving forward. Will we help wildlife, or will we help to speed the disappearance of many species from the planet? In India, these people banned together to save a baby elephant. In America, the President of the United States supports shooting elephants and will allow for legally…

November 16 2017

Trump Sanctions Killing Endangered Elephants

Elephants are intelligent and emotional beings, and they are the prime shaper of any ecosystem they happen to live in. Humans are their only significant threat, and they are still being poached to death, particularly in Africa. Now, with President Trump’s personal support, the U.S. government will allow hunters to import trophies of elephants killed…

August 1 2017

Which Animals Use Tools?

We know some animals use tools, specifically great apes—our closest relatives—but there are lots of other examples in the wild. Here is one of those examples: an elephant is using a large branch to fend off a rhinoceros, although the elephant could have better aim. And, it’s impossible to understand why this female elephant felt…

July 9 2017

Illinois Governor Could Sign Bill to Ban Use of Performing Elephants

  Listen HERE, as I talk with Marc Ayers, the Illinois director of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), on WGN Radio’s Steve Dale’s Pet World regarding a bill that would make Illinois the first state to ban performing elephants. Read about the circuses that still use elephants on the road. Some have poor…

July 8 2017

Illinois Could be the First State to Ban Performing Elephants

Illinois wants to ban performing elephants, and would be the first state to do this (though bullhook training is already banned in Rhode Island and California). The bill should be a no-brainer. At least you’d think so, particularly on the heels of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus shutting down, with the final performance in…

May 22 2017

Elephant Falls on Big Game Hunter

Big game hunter Theunis Botha, 51, of BTB Game Hound Safaris, was reportedly killed when he was crushed to death after an elephant had been shot at Good Luck Farm in Zimbabwe, Africa. According to reports, the elephants were enraged and, when shot, one fell on the hunter. The hunt was reportedly legal. The above…

May 22 2017

Illinois Poised to Ban Performing Elephants

Illinois wants to ban performing elephants, and the state would be the first to do this (though bullhook training is banned in Rhode Island and California). The bill should be a no-brainer. At least you’d think so, particularly on the heels of Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus shutting down with the final performance on…

March 26 2017

Animals Starving at Venezuelan Zoo

Ruperta the elephant is starving. She is the lone elephant at the Caricuao Zoological Society. That, in itself, is sad. Worse, as described in news reports and from my Facebook friend Darvin Melendez, who lives in Venezuela, zoo animals are dying of starvation. According to a story from July 2016 on National Geographic, at least 50…

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