The industrial exploitation of wild animals across a suite of different forms of intensive captivity is heart-breaking and cruel. But with the conviction of an ever-growing legion of compassionate citizens, change is coming.
The species is estimated to have suffered serious population declines since 1980, when an estimated 75,800 lions roamed the African savannah. Now, experts believe there may be 20,000 or fewer. This is a species in true danger.
Elephant experts, conservationists, animal advocates, and thoughtful people everywhere know that wildlife belongs in the wild and that we have a responsibility to do everything we can to keep them there.
All captive orcas in the United States must be retired: not to bigger incarcerating pools, but to coastal seapens, where they can, at least, live out the remainder of their natural lives in something close to natural freedom.
As difficult as the issues are surrounding the cheetah trade, knowing that I, myself, have witnessed in Ethiopia the arrival of these poor babies, scared and far from home, it was inspiring to see all of these disparate players in one room.
Prominent New Zealand business leaders have teamed up with many of the most respected international conservation agencies and spokespeople to urge the New Zealand Government to consider a complete ban on all ivory trading.
In the summer of 2013 alone, deadly pet snakes were on the loose in Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Oregon, and Wisconsin after escaping from their owners. The statistics speak for themselves. When will the public listen?
Let us take one day out of the year -- January 5 -- to consider the birds in our backyards and their cousins flying free from Anguilla (whose national bird, by the way, is the Turtle Dove) to Zimbabwe (whose national bird is the African Fish Eagle).
Non-human primates are celebrated as our closest living relatives, but they are still wild animals. Whether acting out of instinct or intent, "pet" primates are capable of wreaking havoc on humans who pay the tragic price when things, inevitably, go wrong.