Archive for the ‘Animal Welfare’ Category

Exotics on the Loose!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Only the blind did not see this coming…wolves, lions, bears are now on the loose…in Ohio.

(AP Photo/Heather Ellers and Dustin Burton)

ZANESVILLE, Ohio — Schools closed and motorists were warned to stay in their vehicles as officers with assault rifles patrolled a rural area in eastern Ohio Wednesday, a day after police killed dozens of escaped animals from a wild-animal preserve, where the owner was found dead…more.

Snake Skin Smuggling Snicked

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Of growing concern in the wildlife world is the smuggling and welfare of snakes and other reptiles used to supply the luxury leather trade.  End users include Gucci, PradaMichael Kors and others.  Here is an example of how some are brought in from the wild…

Wild pythons brought in for skinning

Singapore, 31st August 2011—Authorities in Singapore today announced they have destroyed more than 800 reptile skins seized last year.

In September 2010, Singapore’s Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) seized five packages containing 470 Reticulated Python Python reticulatus and 363 Water Monitor Lizard Varanus salvator skins sent from Indonesia.

According to accompanying documentation, the shipment was bound for China, France, Switzerland and the USA via a courier service and had falsely been declared as synthetic leather.   Read More from TRAFFIC…