It's heartbreaking to read another account of elephants being intentionally blinded or having bones broken for "disciplinary" purposes, of these incredible creatures being stripped of their freedom and drained of their vitality for a quick profit.
Unfortunately the laws in Thailand and Cambodia are not strong enough to protect elephants from abuse. Today they are considered nothing but livestock, no different than buffalo or cattle, which are not protected against abuse. The law is rarely enforced and fines are small.
Today, August 12, is World Elephant Day, a day where animal lovers around the world unite to celebrate the majestic creature and call attention to fur...
In Wild Kingdom, Campbell shows that as individuals, our dependency on technology blinds us to precipices and predators, to each other. We are living vicariously when we look at a diorama; we live vicariously -- and allow others to live vicariously -- through social media.
We cannot separate our dignity from that of other creatures. It is just as intrinsically linked to that of the starving poachers of Zimbabwe as it is to that of the animals they are poaching. If we really do have intrinsic individual worth, its value ought to be greater than any mantelpiece trophy.
How extraordinary that major airlines are now setting their own policies prohibiting their transporting decapitated heads of lions and other wildlife "trophies." Good on them! Perhaps now it's time to see eBay step up with a comparable policy.
Not long ago leading interior designer Gillian Rose received a unique request from a friend -- a separated gay man and leading New York City stylist -- for an apartment that he was repainting.
When King David slept with another man's wife, a prophet came to him and told him about a rich man stealing a poor man's pet lamb who was like a member of the family. David, outraged by the story, said the rich man had no pity and deserved to die. T
The California Senate has sent the Assembly an important elephant protection measure that would prohibit the menacing weapon called the bullhook that is used in circuses and other entertainment to control captive elephants through fear and pain.
With a population of just one and a half million people, this peaceful nation has become the focus of an intense conservation battle.
Be it by email, phone, social media, or in person, the number one question we at Wildlife SOS get asked is, "How is Raju doing?" For those of you unfamiliar with Raju, he is an elephant we rescued one year ago who had spent 50 years in chains.
This ivory is used to make piano keys, chopsticks, and all manner of other trinkets. The message of the event was clear: ivory, its sale, and the market for it must be crushed, beginning with this most literal of steps.
In the time it takes you to read this, one or two elephants will have been poached. This is not the gun control debate or a hunting one, but a move that will send a signal to the world that poaching; trading in dead elephants and the abuse of wildlife is just not acceptable.
Poachers and unscrupulous marketers and buyers of ivory apparently have not been thwarted by the destruction of ivory, as evidenced by the continuing robust market for ivory after the massive crushes.
For a brief moment yesterday, Times Square stood still. Even the world's most famous cluster of dazzling super signs, towering over Broadway, could not compete with the simple message that on this day, we all stand for elephants.
Today was a great day for elephants -- and a really bad day for ivory traffickers. Today more than one ton of confiscated ivory was crushed in New York City's Times Square, the "crossroads of the world."