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    ‘Commonsense’ Bill Would Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

    ‘Commonsense’ Bill Would Make Animal Cruelty a Federal Crime

    In Dec. 2010, President Obama signed a law that made it a federal crime to create and distribute animal torture videos. That law, however, did not ban the underlying act of animal torture itself. That’s why Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) re-introduced the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, or (PACT) […]

    Alaska Poachers Sentenced for Killing Mother Bear and ‘Shrieking’ Cubs

    Alaska Poachers Sentenced for Killing Mother Bear and ‘Shrieking’ Cubs

    Two Alaska hunters will face jail time and other penalties after fatally shooting a denning black bear sow in front of her two “shrieking” cubs, and then shooting the newborns dead. Wasilla resident Andrew Renner was sentenced to five months in jail with two months suspended, a fine of $20,000 with $11,000 suspended and the […]

    Japan Expected to Withdraw From IWC to Resume Whale Hunting

    Japan Expected to Withdraw From IWC to Resume Whale Hunting

    Despite a global ban on commercial whaling more than 30 years ago, Japan has caught about 200-1,200 whales every year since 1987—including pregnant and juvenile ones—under the exception of “scientific research.” Opponents have fiercely criticized this research program as just a cover so the whales can be killed for human consumption. Now, the national broadcaster […]

    Beloved Bear That Recovered From Massive Wildfire Burns Found Shot Dead

    Beloved Bear That Recovered From Massive Wildfire Burns Found Shot Dead

    Cinder, an orphaned bear cub that was severely burned but had remarkably survived after one of the worst recorded wildfires in Washington state history was found dead, wildlife officials recently confirmed to news outlets. She was likely shot and killed in October 2017 by a hunter, according to the Methow Valley News and a Facebook […]

    Iconic Yellowstone Wolf Shot Dead in Legal But ‘Senseless Killing’

    Iconic Yellowstone Wolf Shot Dead in Legal But ‘Senseless Killing’

    A cherished Lamar Valley wolf known as 926F was shot dead after a legal hunt just five miles outside the sanctuary of Yellowstone National Park, prompting calls from advocacy groups for greater protection of the region’s wolves. Tragically, the 7-year-old female was the daughter of Wolf 06—”the most famous wolf in the world“—who was killed […]

    Rare and Pregnant Sumatran Tiger Killed by Hunter’s Trap

    Rare and Pregnant Sumatran Tiger Killed by Hunter’s Trap

    One of the world’s rarest tigers was killed this week after being caught in a pig trap on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, Agence France Presse reported, citing local officials. What’s worse, the critically endangered Sumatran tiger was pregnant with two cubs when it died and was expected to give birth in two weeks, local […]

    Yellowstone Area Grizzlies Regain Endangered Species Protection

    Yellowstone Area Grizzlies Regain Endangered Species Protection

    A federal judge restored endangered species protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park on Monday, The Huffington Post reported, putting a permanent halt to plans by Wyoming and Idaho to launch the first Yellowstone-area grizzly hunt in four decades. U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen had already placed a temporary restraining order on […]