Unless you’ve been living in a hole the past week or two, odds are you have heard about the Minnesota dentist that killed Cecil the Lion, a popular favorite who was being tracked and studied in a nature preserve in Zimbabwe. The media, as it occasionally does, has strongly latched onto this story and the reactions have been passionate and far reaching. The story has been picked up by perhaps every major news outlet in the US (for example, on CNN , the New York Times , and Fox News. Jimmy Kimmel made a passionate speech about it on his late night show that has currently received over seven million views on YouTube. What is it that has incited such rage, and is that rage justified?
I recently came across this article from the National Audubon Society about a parrot rescue group in Southern California who is rehabilitating and re-releasing injured parrots. The hitch in this plan? There are no parrots that are native to Southern California. All of the birds being released were non-native species that should never have been there in the first place.
No discussion about animal conservation would be complete without addressing the challenges facing wild populations of animals. I’m not going to get into that too much right now (this post is simply an announcement, but I promise I will get to it!),but the future of many species is threatened by illegal poaching and habitat loss. […]