Animal Activists Cautiously Celebrate as Federal Government Cracks Down on “Tiger Kings”

Animal Activists Cautiously Celebrate as Federal Government Cracks Down on “Tiger Kings”

When quarantine began, many of us were hooked on two things: Animal Crossing and Tiger King. Now, thanks to the hit Netflix docuseries, the federal government and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are having an animal crossover all their own. PETA hopes to use a series of lawsuits against privately-owned tiger and “exotic” animal “zoos” to set a precedent under the Endangered Species Act. 

Why This Matters: There is currently no federal law preventing the ownership of wildlife, endangered or otherwise.

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Bald Eagle Numbers Soar Thanks to Endangered Species Act

Bald Eagle Numbers Soar Thanks to Endangered Species Act

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The bald eagle population in the lower 48 U.S. states is now more than 316,000, quadrupling their numbers since 2009. Once close to extinction, the symbolic bird has made an impressive comeback in recent decades. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland called it a “historic conservation success story” when the U.S. […]

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Mexican Grey Wolf Returns from Brink of Extinction

Mexican Grey Wolf Returns from Brink of Extinction

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer The rarest subspecies of grey wolf in North America has doubled its population over the last five years. While the Mexican wolf had teetered on the brink of extinction, there are now 186 Mexican grey wolves in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona as a result of protections […]

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North Atlantic Right Whales Having Best Calving Season in Years

North Atlantic Right Whales Having Best Calving Season in Years

On Tuesday, as the new First Family entered the White House, another new family was spotted in Georgia, and it has marine advocates just as excited. NOAA fisheries announced the thirteenth spotting of the season of an endangered North Atlantic right whale calf off the coast of Georgia. The calf, seen accompanied by its mother, is her first.

Why This Matters: The North Atlantic right whale was listed as endangered in 1970 and deaths have been outpacing births since 2010. 200 right whales died in the last ten years, almost entirely because of entanglements in commercial fishing ropes and vessel strikes.

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Supreme Court Hears FOIA Case About Endangered Species

Supreme Court Hears FOIA Case About Endangered Species

On Monday, which seems like a millennium ago, the newly constituted Supreme Court heard its first environmental case — which was a case about the secrecy of government deliberations.  In this case, those deliberations involve the science behind endangered species protections.

Why This Matters:  The case has ramifications beyond endangered species — it goes to scientific integrity and government transparency.

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End of Protections for Endangered Gray Wolves

End of Protections for Endangered Gray Wolves

by Ashira Morris, ODP Contributing Writer Last week, the Trump administration removed Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states. The move was criticized by environmental groups, with some planning to sue over the delisting. “This is no ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment for wolf recovery,” said Kristen Boyles, an Earthjustice attorney, in […]

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