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The Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance, representing 17 professional sanctuaries that care for big cats and four partner organizations, applauds the News & Record for its editorial (Jan. 6) that states what should be the obvious: Lions and other exotic animals do not make good pets.
Recently, New Jersey became the first state to ban the use of wild animals in circuses. And now, only a week later, Hawaii has followed in its footsteps.
Wild animals won’t be performing at circuses in New Jersey anymore. Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation Friday making it illegal to use wild and exotic animals in traveling acts.
Chanel has agreed to ban fur and exotic skins from its collections, saying it wanted to maintain ethical standards and following pressure from animal rights campaigners.
China is a critical market for animal contraband. Some scientists fear the official commitment to conservation may be wavering.
China has appeared to backtrack on a controversial decision to lift a ban on trading tiger bones and rhinoceros horns, saying it has been postponed, state media reported on Monday.
When it comes to hiding exotic animals, wildlife officials say they’ve seen it all. From tigers stuffed in a duffel bag to cobras concealed in a potato chip can, animal smugglers have become more imaginative when sneaking dangerous creatures from the wilderness to a backyard near you.
The Chinese government, reversing a 25-year ban, announced on Monday that it would allow the use of rhinoceros horns and tiger bones in medicine, a move that environmentalists described as a significant setback for efforts to protect the animals.