No Wild Pets!

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Moving

Please visit Jane Crow Journal for ongoing updates on issues relating to wildlife in captivity.

Thanks!!

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Spring Cleaning

I let this blog go for too long and am now trying to re-do the look and substance of the No Wild Pets! site.

I am still going to put most of my focus and attention on the pet / wild animal trade, but will also offer some information on wildlife issues that impact the trade or influence current wildlife protection policies.

This is also spring auction season - If you hear of any exotic auctions in your area, please email me and I will post them here in case someone would like to draw attention to the event with media, etc.

Thanks and more to come.

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

New Species of Fox Found

New species of mammal discovered in Borneo

10.05.05
By GEOFFREY LEAN and JAN McGIRK

Scientists believe they have found a wholly new species of mammal deep in the heart of one of the richest, least studied and most endangered wildlife areas on Earth.

The discovery of an apparently new kind of fox in the dense forests of central Borneo is an extremely rare event.

Only a handful of new mammals have been discovered in the whole world over the past 70 years. more...

Captive Elephants Dying Young

Elephants start dying when the gates close

(For a long time after traveling and working throughout the African continent ---- and seeing the glories of 10,000 animals in the wild, among them herds of elephants shuffling through jungle and plain in perfect serenity, the newborn dancing in and out of the legs of the adults with no fear --- Observer could not go near a zoo without getting sick.)

The elephant record in San Diego, by the statistics that advocates provide, is not good. Florence Lambert, founder and director of a group called Elephant Alliance, wrote in February, "Of the 16 African elephants that have been held in captivity by the San Diego Zoological Society since 1961, nine have died (the average age being 18.2 years). In the wild, elephants live to be 60 to 70 years
old."

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Sick and Dangerous Entertainment in China

Chinese safari parks stop live feeding shows

BEIJING : Chinese safari parks have agreed to stop staging live feeding shows in which horses and oxen are given to tigers who tear them to pieces for visitors' entertainment. The ban, however, only applies to large domesticated animals, the Xinhua news agency said, and only when the park is open to visitors.

Park patrons will still be allowed to throw live birds at the voracious predators, and live feedings of large animals will still be allowed after opening hours.

Managers of 22 safari parks in China agreed to the ban last week following criticism that such practices lead people to believe that animals, both hunter and prey, are human playthings, Xinhua said.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

More on the Wild Horses of the US West...

U.S. Wild Horse Slaughter Legalization Draws Fire
Maryann Mottfor National Geographic
News

March 10, 2005

For many Americans, wild horses are living symbols of the rugged
independence of the United States' pioneering past.

In the early 1900s millions of mares and stallions roamed the West.
Today the numbers pale by comparison. Only 37,000 wild horses and donkeys remain
on public lands, primarily in Nevada, Oregon, and Wyoming.

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which has been responsible
for preserving and protecting the herds for more than three decades, plans to
further reduce the population to 28,000 by the end of this year.

Friday, February 25, 2005

Horrific Scene at 'Exotic Animal Farm'

Handling exotic animals not easy
By Tom Hennessy

During the 3-week trial, Weinhart spent three days on the witness stand. He accused investigators of staging photos and plotting against him to steal his animals.

Also testifying was actress Tippi Hedren, who operates Shambala, an animal shelter in Acton for abused exotic animals. Hedren, whose own sanctuary is highly regarded in animal rights circles, had visited Weinhart's compound.

"I left in tears," she told me in the December column. There was trash all over the outside. There were carcasses of dead animals, with mold on them inside. There was no shelter for the animals from rain or cold."
This story is not unique, unfortunately. Situations will continue like this until comprehensive, loop-hole free legislation is established.

Escaped Tiger Shot and Killed

Officials seek owner of escaped tiger, defend shooting
Animal rights groups hope the incident will force legislators to tighten restrictions for ownership of exotic pets.
By The Associated Press

Officials, defending the fatal shooting of an escaped tiger that was roaming the hills near Simi Valley, continued Thursday to seek the big cat's owner as animal rights groups called for stricter exotic pet ownership laws.

Trackers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture shot the 425-pound black and orange cat Wednesday morning as it came within several hundred yards of a local park and highway. State Fish and Game trackers had been following its paw prints for more than a week as it roamed the brush near the Ronald Reagan Library, warning families in the nearby community to keep their children inside.

Fish and Game officials said Thursday they had been swamped with e-mails and phone calls from people outraged over the decision to kill the tiger instead of tranquilizing it. more...

This entire episode is grossly idiotic. How sad.

Saturday, February 19, 2005

Lion Seen Near Reagan Library Estate

Big, exotic cat seen roaming hills near Reagan presidential library

SIMI VALLEY - State wildlife officials suspect a large exotic cat, possibly an African lion, is roaming the rural countryside near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, authorities said Friday.

Professional trackers were brought in to hunt for the animal after several sets of tracks, far too large for native bobcats or mountain lions, were found on a ranch not far from the hilltop library.

A ranch caretaker Tuesday reported seeing a glimpse of a large cat, possibly a lion, dart into the brush. At least two other people within 1/4 mile of the ranch reported seeing the cat, which officials estimate may be as large as 600 pounds.

"It had to have come from somewhere in captivity," said Lorna Bernard, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Fish and Game. "We are going to be on it until we catch the animal or find evidence he's no longer in the area."

Bay St. Louis Exotic Pet Bylaw

Exotic pet ban plan to be reviewed

The proposed ordinance lists more than 100 species that would be illegal to own in the city, such as hippopotamuses, giraffes, reptiles that could potentially grow longer than eight feet, and iguanas.