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The Dizzying Zoo Debacle

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 02.10.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The past week has presented the world with three more examples of botched zoo management, which fit into the dizzying array of issues regarding wildlife captivity, zoo safety, and the protection of both people and animals.

Confused About Cruelty: The Canada Goose Story

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.27.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

I'm often confused by animal cruelty, mistreatment, and assaults on endangered species. But, at the moment, I'm just confused -- mystified, really -- at certain concepts involved in animal exploitation.

The Changing Business of Animal Exploitation

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.19.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

However, these changes don't happen without the efforts of committed and compassionate citizens across the country. Their voices--when raised in unison, with authority, and with fearlessness--can effect change most significantly.

A Thought for Matthew McConaughey

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.08.2017 | Entertainment
Adam M. Roberts

Let me get the blunt part out of the way first. You are an actor; you have won a Golden Globe and an Oscar. You should not need a live tiger in front ...

We Must Remember Our Wild Winged Friends

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.06.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

"Dad, do you hear that knocking sound?" I could hear the sound of the trees swaying in the wind. I could hear the sound of snow mixed with leaves crun...

The End of the Ivory Trade?

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 01.04.2017 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Ivory may finally become a relic of a painful and destructive age of commodifying wildlife, and elephants may be spared widespread regional extinction if China can implement its 2017 ban on ivory within the year, as planned.

2017: A Year of Vigilance

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 12.31.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The restful winter vacation is my favorite time of year. It's time away with family and dogs, surrounded by trees in the mountains; time sorting life ...

A Humane Holiday

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 12.23.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

For me, as for so many others, the best part of this holiday season is time with family and the spirit of giving. I would be lying if I said I didn't ...

Mission Mikey: Accomplished

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 12.13.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

How far would you go to rescue a monkey in need? Mikey came to the front of his temporary enclosure and reached his tiny fingers toward the opening. ...

Just Because You Want It...

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 12.08.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

It's too easy in this world to acquire things we shouldn't. I won't get bogged down in the list, but it starts somewhere with guns and drugs... In thi...

The Cat Who Survived for Thanksgiving

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 11.23.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

It's harder to stomach seeing the lacerations and the blood when the gaping wound from the unforgiving jaws of the steel-jaw leghold trap appears thro...

The Election Is Over. Now, What Do We Do For Animals?

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 11.10.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Millions of us stayed up until after 3:00AM this morning watching the election results and wondering not only what the outcome would be, but what the ...

Tackling the International Wildlife Trade Head-On

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 10.25.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The first week of meetings for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has just concluded--and the...

It is Just this Simple: the Future of Elephants, Lions, Rhinos, and Other Imperiled Species is on the Line this Week

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 10.01.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

There are many people, in America and elsewhere, who decry political processes and don't see a place for (international) policy decisions in saving wi...

What Kind of Person Still Traps Wild Animals?

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 09.07.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

What kind of person purposely destroys a beaver dam and sets a "wall of death" of Conibear traps, knowing that the unsuspecting beavers will return to...

Just Stop Hurting Elephants

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 09.06.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Despite our profound love for elephants and amazement at their very existence, humans have a unique, inexplicable capacity to bring pain and suffering to individual elephants as we simultaneously engage in behaviors that hasten their demise in the wild.

Wildlife And 12-Year-Old Girls

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 08.22.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Perhaps Aryanna would no longer see a giraffe or zebra as something to selfishly covet, dead, on display in her home. Perhaps she would desire a world with wild animals safe and free. Perhaps she would realize that she could enjoy nature while still shooting bullets and arrows at inanimate targets, just as the archers and shooters do in the Olympics.

From Elsa To Cecil

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 08.15.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

Make no mistake, though; designating a "day" for lions doesn't mean that we forget about them during the rest of the year. Rather, it means that maybe -- during the buzz surrounding World Lion Day -- the world will listen to another lion's story.

Policy Matters: Lions, Tigers, and... Elephants!

Adam M. Roberts | Posted 08.08.2016 | Green
Adam M. Roberts

The U.S. government recently issued significant policies that may not grab headlines, but undoubtedly advance animal welfare and wildlife conservation.

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...