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A Wildcat Strike? Activists Sue Over Endangered Jaguar Protections

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and WildEarth Guardians are planning to sue the United States Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program for failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act. Instead of ensuring the safety of endangered jaguars inhabiting the southwest United States, the program uses lethal wildlife techniques throughout various critical jaguar habitats. Continue reading below to find out more about the little-known, ironically-named Wildlife Services program and how it’s responsible for the deaths of millions of wild animals each year. — Global Animal

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Conservationists Go Wild For Afghanistan’s New National Park

(WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) AFGHANISTAN — Last week, Afghanistan announced the official creation of its second national park, Wakhan National Park. Its first national park was Band-e Amir, dedicated in 2009. Twenty-five percent larger than the United States’ Yellowstone National Park, Wakhan encompasses 4,200 square miles and protects countless unique and diverse species of wildlife. A list of future new parks for Afghanistan has been composed, and the government plans to designate many more over time. Read the full article below for more details about the newest national park and the indigenous people that call it home. — Global Animal

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California Court Makes Waves, Upholds Shark Fin Ban

(SHARKS/SHARK FINNING) In a victory against the cruel practice of shark finning, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III of San Francisco upheld California’s 2011 ban on the possession or sale of shark fins. The decision to uphold the law, despite opponents’ claims that it discriminates against the Chinese community, continues the upward momentum against shark finning. In the last few years, the European Union, New York State, Taiwan, Costa Rica, and India have all banned shark finning, and even China has made moves against the practice. Read on to find out more about this big win for sharks in California. — Global Animal

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Hunger Games Star Takes Bite Out Of Blood Ivory Trade

(CELEBRITY NEWS/WILDLIFE CONSERVATION) Great news for African elephants, animal advocates and Woody Harrelson. When the Oscar-nominated actor wasn’t hunting down a sadistic serial killer in his HBO hit series True Detective, the Hawaii resident was urging lawmakers in his state to help stop another kind of murderer—elephant poachers. And it looks like they were listening. — Global Animal

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‘Worst Zoo In The World’ Finally Closes Its Doors

(ZOOS/ANIMAL WELFARE) A ‘monstrosity’ of a zoo is finally set to shut down after years of complaints that its animals suffered from maltreatment. According to Mayor Goran Kovavcevic of Split, Croatia, the Split Science Museum and Zoo will close its doors and relocate its animals to different zoos around the country and the rest of Europe following years of efforts by activists and tourist complaints. — Global Animal

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Crikey Bindi! What Were You Thinking?

(SEAWORLD/CELEBRITY NEWS) “The Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin’s daughter Bindi is facing a storm of social media backlash after announcing she and her younger brother Robert are teaming up with SeaWorld. In an interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, the 15-year-old gushed about how excited she was “to be carrying on in dad’s footsteps.” But has she seen Blackfish, the scathing documentary about Sea World’s brutal treatment of killer whales? Shortly before Steve Irwin’s death in 2006, Australia’s popular crocodile hunter was reportedly considering joining Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on one of their voyages to protect whales. The marine conservation group, who honored Irwin by renaming a ship after him, rigorously denounces SeaWorld and the captivity of any marine animal. So how exactly is joining forces with Sea World following in dad’s footsteps? Read below for more on Bindi’s controversial alliance. — Global Animal

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Rhinos Relocating To Australia? It Could Happen

(ENDANGERED SPECIES/POACHING) The Australian Rhino Project is in talks with Taronga Zoo in South Africa to relocate dozens of rhinos to Australia. This move is aimed at creating an “insurance population” for the species, who are being hunted to extinction. Earlier this year, South Africa’s environment ministry announced more than 1,000 rhinos were killed by poachers in Kruger National Park in 2013; a rate that could wipe out the entire South African rhino population within the next 20 years. Read on to learn more about this latest attempt to help save the rhino. — Global Animal

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