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Putting Your Self(ie) And Animals At Risk

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 07.14.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Wild animals are not novelties, are not safe for human interaction, do not exist to entertain us, and belong in the wild. Period.

Trapped

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 07.05.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The time has come to rid the U.S. of the trapping industry. No one needs fur except the wolves, coyotes, beavers, foxes, mink, raccoons, and other animals who live in wild areas.

One Zoo Lion Video

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 06.09.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

There is no question that the lives of animals in modern zoos are on people's minds all across the world lately. Harambe the gorilla in the Cincinnati...

Celebrities Stun in their Treatment of Animals

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 05.25.2016 | Entertainment
Adam M. Roberts

It's a good thing my 11-year-old, animal-loving, vegan daughter, Mia, despises Justin Bieber--otherwise, the dinner table would be much more contentio...

On Endangered Species Day

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 05.20.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Today is Endangered Species Day. Every year for a decade, people across America have spent this day recognizing the plight of endangered species and the need to do all we can to help these imperiled animals (and plants) recover.

The Hunting Dilemma

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 05.18.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

In fairness, the title is a mistake; there is no dilemma about hunting. Not for me, anyway. Hunting for commercial greed has no place in modern socie...

It's Time to End the Bear Bile Industry

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 04.12.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

For more than 20 years, we have been calling attention to the despicable trade in bear parts. From coast to coast across the U.S., American black bears are killed, their paws cut off, and their abdomens brutally sliced open to extract the gallbladders inside.

Inch by Inch, Progress for Animals

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 03.29.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

There's no question that animal advocacy is a challenging endeavor, and changing public attitudes and laws to protect animals from cruelty and suffering is a long, painstaking process. But, each year, we find that we are making significant progress -- even if it's slower than we'd like.

It Doesn't Take More than a Mini-Brain

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 03.21.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

What a strange time we live in. I know I'm having a peaceful moment when I can actually find the time to read the paper. And, I recently came across an article that I literally had to read twice because I couldn't believe my eyes.

We Must Have Progress on Ivory Bans

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 02.25.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

They say "perfection is the enemy of the good," and the quest for perfection in animal protection legislation is a numbing, head-banging concept.

The Best Place for a Sumatran Tiger

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 02.15.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The best place for a Sumatran tiger is in Sumatra--not the Sacramento Zoo. Yet, it's now reported that a 15-year-old Sumatran tiger died after being a...

A Long-awaited Victory for Circus Elephants

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.13.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

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.

African Lion Listed Under the Endangered Species Act

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 12.28.2015 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

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.

Time Is Slipping Away for Rhinos

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Only three northern white rhinos cling to life on a Kenyan reserve, suggesting that we're not doing all we can to save imperiled wildlife, and that life in a zoo, however brief, is not the hedge against extinction that the zoo industry would like you to believe.

Swaziland's Elephants: A Dying Breed

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 11.25.2015 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

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.

SeaWorld's Announcement Raises Questions About Fate of Orcas

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 11.30.2015 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

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.

Cheetahs Declining Rapidly

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 11.10.2015 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

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.

African Wildlife Is in Trouble, and Only Africans Can Save It

Richard Schiffman | Posted 09.24.2014 | Green
Richard Schiffman

If the animals can be induced to stay where they belong, and the people can be convinced that they are no longer a threat, then peace can break out. I saw this happen in Tanzania, where the Living Wall project builds unbreachable fences that keep lions away from livestock.

You Can Take the Monkey Out of the Wild, But You Can't Take the Wild Out of the Monkey

Will Travers | Posted 03.24.2014 | Green
Will Travers

Today I received a message from Tim Ajax, the Director of our Primate Sanctuary in Dilley Texas. Tim oversees the over 600 primates residing at the 1...

Real Conservation or Just Rhino Slaughter for Sport?

Will Travers | Posted 03.20.2014 | Green
Will Travers

Fewer than 5,000 black rhinos remain in the wild. They need our urgent aid: not a hunter's bullet. This is not real conservation; this is rhino slaughter for sport.

Wild Birds Should Fly Free: National Bird Day Puts Our Winged Friends on Center Stage

Will Travers | Posted 02.24.2014 | Green
Will Travers

Overproduction and promotion of parrots and other exotic birds has resulted in an influx of unwanted, abused, and abandoned birds in shelters and rescue facilities across the U.S.

Crush the Ivory Trade

Will Travers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Will Travers

I applaud the United States government for taking this bold and very public step to show the world that only elephants should wear ivory.

Pet Snakes Are Constricting Our Public Safety

Will Travers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Will Travers

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?

Safe Trails for All

Will Travers | Posted 01.13.2013 | Green
Will Travers

Today, an increasing number of states are implementing regulations reduce the risks of indiscriminate body-gripping traps, we hope this trend continues.

Better Late Than Never for Minnesota Dolphins

Will Travers | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Will Travers

More than a decade ago we expressed concern about the zoo's acquisition of two dolphins from South Africa. We asked the zoo to instead consider phasing out the captive dolphin display. We are thrilled to see that the zoo may finally be heeding our advice.