Friday, January 29, 2010
The HSLF blog posted some additional facts about the scorecard here and encourages people to communicate with their legislators about the scores.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Posted by Riley at 10:23 PM
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The Sun Sentinel has an opinion article on the need to ban importation of the Burmese python. Water management workers in South Florida captured 25 this month alone. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing rules that would ban the importation of the Burmese python along with 8 other large snakes that endanger the Everglades. From the article:
The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council opposes the proposed ban, claiming dealers and pet owners can regulate themselves. If that were true, you wouldn't have an estimated 100,000 snakes in the wild, nor would there be any need for the highly publicized hunts that make for photo ops but don't really solve the problem.Read more about the proposed ban here from the Irrawaddy, covering Burma and South East Asia.
These snakes should never be allowed into the country in the first place. The only acceptable place to see one of these huge snakes is the zoo.
Monday, January 25, 2010
The Whigham roundup will be held Saturday. The Claxton roundup is planned for March 13 and 14. If we don't attend, organizers will get the message that it's time to support another type of event that encourages conservation and preservation, rather than the wholesale slaughter of wildlife and the destruction of their habitats.For more details, read "Effects of Rattlesnake Roundups on the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake," Feb. 2009, by D. Bruce Means, at http://www.herpconbio.org/Volume_4/Issue_2/Means_2009.pdf.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Despite the absence of any new posts for the last month, sitemeter reports that there are still 100+ visits per day and there were more than 6000 page views last month. The counter has also gone over 200,000 visits since we started. One of the new year's resolutions I intend to keep is updating the blog with the many developments in animal law. Stay tuned....
Posted by Riley at 11:23 AM
U.S News and World Report has an interesting article about a new test designed to replace tests tests on mice and guinea pigs used to predict skin reactions from drugs and cosmetics. The new test from the Hurel company uses human skin cells to simulate the body's allergic response to foreign chemicals. According to the article the technology could eliminate the need for tens of thousands of test animals each year and could shave $100 million off the roughly $1 billion cost of developing a new drug.