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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Securing a Sustainable Future for Buffalo, People, and Nature

Securing a Sustainable Future for Buffalo, People, and Nature

By Wizipan Little Elk On August 23, 1804, a shot rang out on the wind-swept prairie near what is now called southeastern South Dakota, marking the first buffalo kill of the famous Lewis and Clark reconnaissance expedition. For us Lakota, our neighbors, and our buffalo relatives, it signaled the beginning of what was to become […]

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Oh Baby, Baby! 17 Right Whale Calves Have Been Born This Year

Oh Baby, Baby! 17 Right Whale Calves Have Been Born This Year

We will fully admit to being whale crazy!  And we have been watching the North Atlantic Right Whale population over the last few years of its decline to only about 360 remaining. Which is why this good news is so, well, great! Calving season just ended and it appears that there have been 18 births […]

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Interview of the Week: Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog on the Supreme Court and Environmental Law click button

Interview of the Week: Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog on the Supreme Court and Environmental Law

This week we continue our month-long series of interviews with women at the top of their game – Monica talked with long-time Friend of the Planet and fellow “blogger,” Amy Howe, one of the founders of the highly regarded SCOTUSblog.  We wanted to ask her about newly appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s first opinion, which […]

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Endangered Florida Panther Is Beginning to Roar Back

Endangered Florida Panther Is Beginning to Roar Back

Exciting news: The feature I’ve been working on intermittently for 1.5 years is finally out. It’s the story of the Florida panther— its miraculous comeback and hopeful but uncertain future. (A thread.)https://t.co/MLt3agPfIt — Doug Main (@Douglas_Main) March 9, 2021 By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The endangered Florida panther is finally getting the spotlight it deserves […]

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Wow, She Did It Again: Wisdom Hatched A New Chick

Wow, She Did It Again: Wisdom Hatched A New Chick

A 70-year-old female Laysan albatross named Wisdom is mother to yet another chick, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  She laid the egg last November and then her current mate incubated it while she went back to sea to forage.  The chick hatched in early February, delighting Wisdom’s fans all around the world.  […]

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