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September 26 2019

17 States Suing to Protect Endangered Species Act, Which Trump Seeks to Gut

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Trump administration, announced significant changes to regulations that spell out how it will implement parts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), all essentially gutting the ESA. That was in mid-August, now about a month later, 17 states have announced that they are legally challenging these changes. The…

September 24 2019

World Gorilla Day

Privileged and emotionally overwhelmed is how we felt when we hiked through brush and bristle in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda, Africa to see Mountain Gorillas close up and personal. Indeed, we’ve been to wild places and have seen species ranging from New Zealand Blue Fairy Penguins to African Elephant. Somehow this was very different.…

September 23 2019

Denmark Banning Circus Elephants

Greenland couldn’t be purchased from Denmark, but Denmark just did right for elephants. Denmark is spending 11 million kroner ($1.6 million) to buy the country’s last four circus elephants to give them a proper retirement. Meanwhile, Denmark is taking action to ban wild animals in circuses. So, where do Ramboline, Lara, Djunga and Jenny live?…

August 25 2019

Bring Luna Home: Coyotes Confiscated and Killed

Shame on the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) and Cook County Animal Control for what they did inexplicably to Tomi Tranchita’s rescued coyotes, which she explains she had permits for. HEAR Tranchita describe it all, in her own words, on WGN Radio. She bottle-fed and saved four orphaned coyotes. Now, what? Yes, she saved…

August 15 2019

Trump Favors Industry Over Environment: Guts Endangered Species Act

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced changes to regulations that spell out how it will implement parts of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The changes focus on how officials should decide whether to list a species as endangered or threatened, what kind of protections threatened species should receive, and how officials will decide which…

August 4 2019

Saving a Green Turtle

People can be good, and it doesn’t matter what country they happen to live in. A woman and her boyfriend rescued a green turtle jammed between rocks on a beach in Oman.

August 1 2019

Human Animal Bond Isn’t Species Specific

Dr. Jenifer Chatfield notes that the human/animal bond includes far more than the dogs and cats were typically think about, or even other pets. Zookeepers have a bond with the animals they care for. Farmers have a bond, even with food production animals. And beekeepers even have a surprising bond with their insects. Chatfield is…

July 30 2019

Dr. Mark Goldstein – Versatile Veterinarian Has Done It All: From Elephants to Shelter Dogs

Dr. Mark Goldstein is as versatile as a veterinarian can get, with the longest book title ever: “Lions and Tigers and Hamsters: What Animals Large and Small Taught Me About Life, Love, and Humanity.” He’s done it all: collecting semen from rhinos (which he explains) and a lowland gorilla, he was once nearly killed by…

May 8 2019

Leptospirosis Study in Chicago

In a collaborative effort, several investigators from The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine as well as MedVet Chicago partnered on the paper, “The Descriptive and Spatio-Temporal Analyses of 45 Canine Leptospirosis Cases from Chicago, 2015-2018.” Amanda Smith, PhD Candidate at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is the lead investigator on the project,…

April 29 2019

Big Game Hunting Quietly Supported by Trump Administration

While Sir David Attenborough and Charles Prince of Wales just announced renewed efforts to move to heal the planet and save species; the Trump administration has quietly moved to allow big game hinting and to allow for import big game trophies, including elephant tusks and lion hides, according to the New York Times and others.…

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