March 2, 2001 |
Protectors of a rare Tibetan antelope are disappointed by the sentence given to smugglers of contraband shahtoosh shawls made from the animal's ultra-fine wool. In the first U.S. felony case to be prosecuted over illegal trade in shahtoosh, a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey last week handed Navarang Exports of Bombay, India, five years' probation and a $5,000 fine, though the maximum fine allowed is $500,000.
November 1, 2000 |
Congress has called out the dogs on this one. Literally. Sen. William V. Roth Jr. (R-Del.) called on his Saint Bernards, Wilhelm IV and Tsunami last month in a bid to end the importation of dog and cat fur for use in apparel and other items. "We want this horrible practice to end, and today we are asking Congress to pass the Tariff Suspension and Trade Act of 2000 and help save our friends," according to a news release put out in the dogs' names.
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October 1, 2000 |
At age 17, Geoffrey Kerns says he has lost count of how many times he has been arrested. But each time he is handcuffed or detained in juvenile hall, he says his voice for animals grows louder. "Not many people speak for the animals," said Geoffrey, who opposes cruelty toward animals, which he believes encompasses slaughtering for meat and skinning for clothing and accessories. "I am willing to do whatever it takes. Getting arrested is just a part of the cause."
August 29, 2000 |
Like the leopard coat and the ivory bracelet before it, the shahtoosh shawl is threatening the survival of an endangered species. But as the Tibetan antelope that is killed for its wool nears extinction, an international crackdown is underway against trafficking in the shawls. The first U.S. criminal prosecution involving the illegal sale of smuggled shawls occurred in New Jersey last month.
December 10, 1999
I have to tell you how disgusted and appalled I was to read "Cover Story" (Dec. 1). Rather ironic to put a piece about dead animal covers for books in the "Living" section. What a mixed message Mr. Kavin gives. How can you teach children to love and appreciate animals when you cover the book with the skins of dead ones? I may be wrong, but I thought elephants were an endangered species. And what a tasteless "joke" about not putting the skin of a collie on "Lassie" because "the collies were reluctant to cooperate."
November 19, 1996 |
"Let's trade for fat dogs, lazy dogs and dogs that don't bark," blare the loudspeakers on a pickup truck. The dog traders of northeastern Thailand are on the prowl again for man's best friend, looking for dogs to kill for meat and hides. The trucks carry large steel cages and a supply of plastic buckets, the bounty for dogs. When there aren't enough strays to satisfy demand, the trucks go out to buy pet dogs from local farmers for one bucket for an average-size dog.