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  • Killing of Cecil pressures United States to protect African lion 1 Aug 2015 | 6:29 am

    In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Two Zimbabweans arrested for illegally hunting a lion appeared in court Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the killing was unethical and that it couldn’t even be classified as a hunt, since the lion killed by an American dentist was lured into the kill zone. (Andy Loveridge/Wildlife Conservation Research Unit via AP)The killing of Cecil the lion by a U.S. hunter in Zimbabwe has turned up the pressure on Washington to extend legal protection to the African lion by declaring it an endangered species, but some hunting advocates said that would lead to more regulations that could ultimately harm the big cats. The United States has the world's most powerful animal protection law, the Endangered Species Act, which has been extended by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to many non-U.S. species including the African elephant and cheetah. Adding the African lion to the U.S. list would not prohibit trophy hunting but it would require a permit from the service to import lions or their body parts to the United States.

  • Shamers on the prowl in social media jungle 31 Jul 2015 | 10:49 pm

    The killing of a Zimbabwean lion by an American dentist is a vivid reminder of how, in this era of social media, it's a virtual jungle out thereThe killing of a Zimbabwean lion by an American dentist is a vivid reminder of how, in this era of social media, it's a virtual jungle out there. Big game hunter Walter Palmer joins a growing list of individuals -- famous and not so famous -- who have been publicly, even ruthlessly shamed on Twitter and Facebook, the village stocks of the 21st century. "He needs to be extradited, charged and preferably hanged" for slaying game park lion Cecil, said animal rights group PETA in one particularly scathing tweet.

  • Chimps in New York animal rights lawsuit to be retired from lab 31 Jul 2015 | 5:57 pm

    By Katie Reilly NEW YORK (Reuters) - The chimpanzees at the center of a New York State Supreme Court case over the legal rights of animals will no longer be used for research, officials at the State University of New York at Stony Brook said on Friday. The retirement of the chimps, named Hercules and Leo, follows a failed bid by an animal rights group in state court to get the primates released on legal grounds. The Nonhuman Rights Project, which advocates for the legal rights of animals, in March sued Stony Brook, where the chimps were used for physiological research.

  • NYC Light Show Aims to Raise Awareness About Endangered Species 31 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am

    Cecil the Lion's Killer Should Be Extradited: ZimbabweOn Saturday (Aug. 1), New York's Empire State Building will be converted into a giant billboard to draw attention to the plight of endangered animals around the world. From 9 p.m. to midnight EDT on Saturday, the Empire State Building's southern face will feature images of a snow leopard, a golden lion tamarin, a manta ray and many other creatures that could soon be wiped out in Earth's sixth mass extinction, according to Louie Psihoyos and Travis Threlkel, the organizers of the upcoming event. Psihoyos, a photographer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker (he directed the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove"), is co-founder of the animal rights and conservation organization Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS).

  • Cecil the Lion: Do Paid Hunting Permits Help Save Wildlife? 31 Jul 2015 | 7:42 am

    Cecil the Lion: Do Paid Hunting Permits Help Save Wildlife?An American dentist who shot a famous 13-year-old lion, named Cecil, in Zimbabwe spent about $54,000 in permits to kill the top carnivore, according to news sources. Money from sports-hunting permits can fund protected parks that shelter wildlife and engage local communities in animal management, but does paying such exorbitant fees actually help or hurt wildlife conservation? In Cecil's case, Dr. Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minnesota, traveled to Zimbabwe to hunt big game.

  • Zoo keeper steps in with teddy bear to hand-rear baby sloth 31 Jul 2015 | 4:07 am

    Two-toed baby sloth Edward Scissorhands is seen in this photograph released by London ZooWhen baby sloth Edward Scissorhands' mother stopped producing milk and could not care for her infant, a London zoo keeper stepped in as a replacement mother - with the help of a teddy bear from a gift shop. The two-toed, seven-week sloth, born to second-time parents Leander and Marilyn, is being hand-reared by zoo keeper Kelly-Anne Kelleher at London Zoo. "I want the baby to use all of the muscles that he would be using if he was on his mother so what we've done is we've got some carabiners and attached them to the limbs of the teddy bear," Kelleher said.

  • PETA Wants to Infiltrate Hermes by Becoming a Shareholder 30 Jul 2015 | 1:58 pm

    The organization wants in on company meetings.

  • Saving rhinos in a lab 30 Jul 2015 | 1:45 pm

    By Ben Gruber San Francisco, California - Matthew Markus, of biotech company Pembient, is holding up a rhinoceros horn worth thousands of dollars on the black market because a poacher had to risk his life to kill an endangered species to obtain it.  At least that is what Markus would have you believe. The truth is this horn wasn't cut off a rhino in the African savannah, it was bioengineered in lab in San Francisco. Rhino horns are comprised primarily of keratin, a family of proteins that make up hair and nails.

  • Oxford University Wildlife Research Team “So Grateful” for Jimmy Kimmel’s Cecil the Lion Appeal 29 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm

    "It will be a wonderful monument to Cecil the lion if we are empowered by these donations to continue and to increase our conservation work."

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerned about Zimbabwe lion death 29 Jul 2015 | 9:12 pm

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is deeply concerned and is gathering information about the killing of a well-known lion in Zimbabwe by an American trophy hunter, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "The service is deeply concerned about the recent killing of Cecil the lion," said Vanessa Kauffman, a spokeswoman for the agency. "We are currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested.