Spring 2007

Spring 2007 AWI Quarterly Cover - Photo by Susan C. Morse
Volume
56
Number
2
About the Cover

The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) estimated in 2004 that there were 700,000 to 1.5 million adult bobcats living in the United States. Considering that only four states have even attempted to estimate the size of their bobcat populations, there is no evidence to validate this ballpark figure or to justify the agency’s belief that the population is even larger today. With significantly more bobcats being killed now than even five years ago, claims by most states and the FWS that these bobcat populations are stable or increasing are not credible. By contrast, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s 2006 Red List of Threatened Species indicates that bobcat populations are in decline. The bobcat is one of many species whose future may rest on the outcome of this summer’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora meeting, since its Appendix II protections are now at stake (see story, pages 8-9).

Photo by Susan C. Morse

Table of Contents

AWI Quarterly Book Reviews for Spring 2007
Farmer John's is a huge, odiferous slaughterhouse in Vernon, Calif. that is owned by Hormel Foods and supplies much of the pork consumed in the Los Angeles basin. Incongruously, however, the brick wall surrounding the...
Pro-whalers purport that whales can sustain commercial hunting, but many populations have not recovered to sustain hunting. All whales still face overwhelming odds for survival because of other threats from by-catch, toxic pollutants, climate change,...
Ranging from Canada to Mexico, the bobcat is an elusive and secretive predator who relies on intelligence and stealth to survive in the wild. Though rarely seen by people, this species is trapped and hunted...
The Pet Safety and Protection Act has been reintroduced in the 110th Congress as H.R. 1280 by Representatives Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Phillip English (R-PA) and as S. 714 by Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI). This...
In South Africa, where wild lions are illegal to hunt, these victims of the lucrative trophy hunting industry were born and raised in captivity, where they became accustomed to and reliant on humans—only to become...
Customs officials in Singapore were prepared when a freighter arrived at port in June 2002. In a container from the African country of Malawi, they found what they were looking for: 532 elephant tusks and...
The US Department of Agriculture Livestock Behavior Research Unit's Dr. Heng-Wei Cheng and graduate researchers Rachel L. Dennis and Alan G. Fahey study the impact of identification on poultry welfare.
Shark fin soup has been popular in Asia for many years, with one bowl carrying a 3-digit price tag. While many countries have laws to protect vulnerable sharks from the brutal industry that robs them...
The sheep industry is locked in a serious debate over the extreme docking of sheep tails for shows and livestock exhibitions. In the United States, shepherds typically cut lamb tails to a length of 1...
The relationships between captive non-human primates and their caregivers are critical to animal welfare. Research shows friendly relationships can improve quality of life; adversely, agonistic relationships can decrease quality of life. Meanwhile, there is evidence...
Cockfighting Bill Approved New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson signed a measure in March that will outlaw cockfighting in the state. The law takes effect on June 15, leaving Louisiana as the only state that continues...
Turtles are a popular ingredient in many Chinese meals and Traditional Chinese Medicine products. Though a number of scientific studies document that it is impossible to kill a turtle humanely, over 20 million turtles are...