AWI Quarterly » 2017 Summer

Pity the plight of Corey Knowlton, who shot an endangered black rhino and then was incensed to find that Delta Air Lines wouldn’t ship the spoils of his hunt home to Texas for him. So what’s a poor (actually, quite wealthy) trophy hunter to do? Sue the airline, naturally—which is what Knowlton did.
An influential faction of the 115th Congress is expressing a clear animosity toward animal protection measures. Emboldened, perhaps, by an administration that appears sympathetic to their aims, this faction is waging an escalating assault on animal welfare, and seems especially intent on undermining the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Wolves are still in the crosshairs of some in Congress and state governments. After a federal court lifted endangered species protection for wolves in Wyoming, the state’s Game and Fish Department reported that it plans this fall to hold the first wolf hunt in four years.
In 2015, Florida’s black bears suffered an estimated 20 percent population decline amidst the first state-authorized hunt since 1994. In 2016, the controversial hunt was put on hold for a year.
“Jelly head” is a term frequently used to describe animals who have been caught in neck snares. The name refers to trapped animals who experience such severe edema (swelling as a result of excess fluid collecting in the animal’s head) that the victim’s head and neck swell grotesquely.
In 1782, the bald eagle became America’s national bird when its image was emblazoned on the country’s Great Seal. Legend has it that a group of bald eagles circled over a battlefield during the Revolutionary War, emitting raucous calls the Americans took to be cries for freedom. At that time, as many as 100,000 nesting eagles were thought to exist.
An unaccredited, family-run zoo in northwestern Arkansas has run afoul of the US Department of Agriculture over the treatment of its animals. In early 2017, the USDA filed a complaint against Wild Wilderness, Inc.
Eighty elephants were killed by poachers in Kenya during 2016. Since 2013, a total of 642 elephants have been killed—none during daylight hours.
For many government officials and scientists responsible for the management of the planet’s wildlife species, “sustainable use” is synonymous with “perpetual exploitation.” It is a dogma that insists wildlife cannot be protected unless people can profit.
Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) reintroduced the Orca Responsibility and Care Advancement (ORCA) Act (HR 1584), in March 2017. The original bill—introduced in November 2015—was quite simple: It would have amended the Marine Mammal Protection Act
As apex predators, sharks play a vital role in global marine ecosystems. But shark numbers are declining at an alarming rate due to shark finning, the practice of cutting off the fins—often, brutally, while the shark is still alive—and tossing the mutilated body into the ocean.
Fourteen-year-old Canyon Mansfield was walking with Casey, his Labrador retriever, near his house when he noticed what looked like a sprinkler head. Unwittingly, he touched it, causing an explosion that knocked Canyon to the ground and sprayed orange powder into the boy’s left eye and onto his clothes.
After the public outcry regarding the US Department of Agriculture’s scrubbing of inspection records and other important enforcement documents from its website, the department began to restore selected records online. These included annual reports for research facilities and inspection reports for some registrants and licensees.
One of my personal goals every school year is to teach my students about compassion—not just what it is, but how to live compassionately. Compassion is such a great word. It has such a simple, yet powerful, meaning, defined by Merriam-Webster as sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Candy, a chimpanzee who spent most of her 50 plus years as an amusement park curiosity at Fun Fair Park and later at Dixie Landin’ in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has died. Candy was only 6 months old when she was purchased by the Haynes family of Louisiana.