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  • Saving rhinos in a lab
    By Ben Gruber San Francisco, California - Matthew Markus, of biotech company Pembient, is holding up a rhinoceros horn worth thousands of dollars on the black market because a poacher had to risk his life to kill an endangered species to obtain it.  At least that is what Markus would have you believe. The truth is this horn wasn't cut off a rhino in the African savannah, it was bioengineered in lab in San Francisco. Rhino horns are comprised primarily of keratin, a family of proteins that make up hair and nails.

  • PETA Wants to Infiltrate Hermes By Becoming a Shareholder
    The organization wants in on company meetings.

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service concerned about Zimbabwe lion death
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is deeply concerned and is gathering information about the killing of a well-known lion in Zimbabwe by an American trophy hunter, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday. "The service is deeply concerned about the recent killing of Cecil the lion," said Vanessa Kauffman, a spokeswoman for the agency. "We are currently gathering facts about the issue and will assist Zimbabwe officials in whatever manner requested.

  • Two held for killing five elephants in Kenyan reserve

    Elephants socialise near a watering hole at the Tsavo National Park on July 20, 2011Two suspected poachers have been arrested in Kenya over the killing of five elephants in Tsavo National Park, wildlife authorities said Wednesday. The Kenya Wildlife Service said a major manhunt was in progress to catch the rest of the poaching gang following the discovery of the bodies of a female adult and four young adult elephants, all with their tusks missing. The killings took place in Tsavo West National Park, which borders Tanzania.

  • Jane Birkin asks Hermes to take her name off croc handbag

    FILE - This Saturday, June 25, 2011 file photo shows a model carrying a Birkin handbag as he wears a creation by French fashion designer Veronique Nichanian for Hermes collection as part of spring-summer 2012 men's fashion, presented in Paris, France. British singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin versions of the iconic Birkin handbag, after being contacted by animal rights group PETA over “cruel” slaughtering practices. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)PARIS (AP) — British singer Jane Birkin has asked Hermes to take her name off the crocodile-skin versions of the iconic Birkin handbag, after being contacted by animal rights group PETA over "cruel" slaughtering practices.

  • PETA Wants Lion-Hunting Dentist Executed
    "He needs to be extradited, charged, and, preferably, hanged."

  • Dallas Zoo's baby giraffe dies in habitat accident
    A baby giraffe whose April birth at Dallas Zoo was watched live by more than two million people worldwide died on Tuesday in an accident at the park, the zoo said. As the giraffe herd was shifting inside for the night, Kipenzi made a sharp turn, ran into the edge of the habitat perimeter and broke three vertebra in her neck, the zoo said in a statement. The giraffe died immediately, it said.

  • TV Ratings: 'Zoo' Rises, 'America's Got Talent' Leads Tuesday
    There's no lift of 'Knock Knock Live,' as Fox's low-rated summer series fetches another 0.5 rating in the key demo.

  • Nepal temple bans five-yearly mass animal sacrifice: pressure group

    Sacrificed buffalos lie on the ground of an enclosed compound during the sacrificial ceremony of the "Gadhimai Mela" festival held in BariyapurBy Ross Adkin KATHMANDU (Reuters) - A temple in southern Nepal known for the mass slaughter of animals at a festival there every five years has indefinitely banned animal sacrifice, India's Humane Society International said on Tuesday. The twice-in-a-decade ritual of slaughtering tens of thousands of animals at the Gadhimai temple, located about 90 miles (145 km) south of Kathmandu, has drawn international condemnation from animal rights groups in recent years. "Obviously we are very happy with this decision," said Manoj Gautam of Animal Welfare Network Nepal, which has been campaigning for an end to the slaughter.

  • Zoo "Blame it on Leo" Review: Mother Cell, May I?

    Zoo "Blame it on Leo" Review: Mother Cell, May I?Zoo S01E05: "Blame It on Leo" If you follow the news from "real life" (you know, that boring place that exists outside of the magic TV rectangle), then you've heard how this week some cowardly dentist from Minnesota paid $55,000 (aka nine times my yearly welfare stipend) to hunt and kill a beloved lion named Cecil out in Zimbabwe, much to the ire of the Internet. Ironically, this comes during the first Zoo episode free of animal-on-human-vigilantism. There were no casualties in the beast genocide, real or imagined! Both facts pissed me off—would it have killed "Blame It On Leo" to show bats steal some Uzis and pull a Brazilian drive-by or feature an Alabama alligator devouring a boatload of tourists? No. No it would not have. Instead though, we witnessed an arguably more lethal predator, grand mal seizures... This week's one-off story was as old as time itself, that of the epileptic child whose dog can predict the on set of "fits." This standalone tale back in Beantown would have made an excellent one-act play: girl has seizure, dog runs away and gets hit by car, child casually mentions her own mortality a few times, family laughs like she made a joke about eating extra pie, then mom gives "bedroom eyes" to her husband for mysteriously covering some vet bills. The big reveal here was that this was ol' Mitch Morgan's child—the sickie from his telephone calls. Based on hearsay, conjecture, and her reaction to lines like, "Plan B: make a kid smile, everything else will take care of itself," we were able to deduce that the mom was too poor to fix a broken gate, but still was much happier with the new man in her life. This stepdad had two things going for him: 1) he was NOT Mitch Morgan (whom everyone hates and usually says as much), and 2) he covered the cost of resetting Henry the dog's broken dog bones after first suggesting Mitch Morgan pay for it, then immediately put his step-child in charge of administering medicine. You sure can pick 'em lady! This was the one element of the episode that didn't feature a character spouting technical jargon, only to have another request a dumbed-down version of the same info. So yeah, the main focus this week was a pesky bit of pseudoscience known as the "Mother Cell." Essentially what had happened was the gang found the name "Leo Butler" scribbled all over the Wolfmaster's Holy Bible and did some investigating. What they turned up was the aforementioned skittish scientist shouting all the live long day about a certain trademarked cell owned by Reiden Global that made their products work better, faster, and stronger, just really across the board. This same Mother Cell was in the wolfs that attacked the prison. Finding it was of the utmost importance. But also of the utmost importance was the investigation of some bats in Brazil, so Chloe, Abraham, and Mitch took a hopper flight on down to Rio de Janeiro where bats were NOT acting normal. In fact they were doing abnormal things like swarming over exceptionally poor communities. Naturally this gave Abe some anxiety. Next: Things get batty! (Continued from Page1) Once in Brazil (we knew we were here because of the mandatory giant Jesus Christ statue shot), the team wasted no time in wandering into the area's most dangerous hovels. Sure enough, some bats were eating electricity. Everything was hunky-dory until some neighborhood toughs showed up who looked like they did not get the memo that USA's Burn Notice had stopped airing. If it seems like I'm hitting you with a ton of info or have given my keyboard over to a random word generator, just know that this hour of drama (haha) was exceptionally jam-packed with info that just needed to come out by any means. I guess I should've known the score when Mitch started things off earlier by spouting his share of jargon and Jamie volunteered to be our "dumb down" surrogate. Throughout the episode one character would be all "due to the hyper-saturation of the declining infrastructure, all data suggests..." and another would be like " not smart better words please..." I complain, but this happens in doctor dramas all the time. Even so, every few lines a character's eyes would basically roll back in their own heads and they'd start channeling Spiritus Mundi, all speaking tongues about Leo Butler's name being chicken-scratched on molecules or how bats can only see a certain distance. I half expected a bat to start yapping plot details. Despite the lack of animal attacks, the plethora of bats this episode did produce some of my favorite lines ever spoken about bats, such as: So yeah, while Oz and the gang were busy convincing Leo Butler to show them the location of the Mother Cell, Chloe's phone got attacked by a bat. In what seems to be a tradition on this show, Mitch Morgan conducted some more motel science while also talking behind Abe's back. I always have a good chuckle when Zoo feels like it needs to fill us in with character development because it always happens during the most ridiculous activities. Like Mitch was busy looking in a bats mouth when he accused Chloe of having no field experience, and she alluded to the possible scarring events behind his bad attitude. Little did these saviors of humanity know, excitement was just around the corner... The bat was playing dead! Did he do it to gain room access? If so, I'm loving these sneaky methods bats keep employing to get in places. What's next, a bat bracing itself on the underside of a frisbee that flies in off the balcony? A bat pretending to be a toupee? At this point I would expect nothing less. Next: Animal-free violence! (Continued from Page 2) For in the world of Zoo up is down, and logic is a distant, warped memory. The mind unravels and we lose all bearing on that cackling jester we once knew as Truth. In fact this episode might as well have been written by a schizophrenic Olive Garden employee, the way it kept serving up bowl after bowl of insane word salads: Agghhh! Please does someone have a AAA membership for brains that I can borrow because my brain just broke down on me. Quick, someone mimic my brain in a coffee-pot. Mimic my brain in a coffee-pot! The person I envied most in this episode was Leo Butler, because at one point he got to be knocked unconscious, and then later died in a car accident. Ah sweet release! Meanwhile, after the gang in Brazil decided it was a good idea to test Chloe's technology theory out in the jungle, Abe went out carjacking which drew the exact response you'd expect when committing grand theft auto in a foreign country. You guessed it, ol' Mitch Morgan got a taste of his own medicine, which is to say the Brazilian thug made a pretty clever word play on "bats," while also delivering a baseball bat to the stomach. Like, I'm sorry but serves you right for committing a crime in their community like that. At least things went better for Jamie back in Alabama. She got the ninja turtle ooze or whatever and Leo Butler was able to safely return to his life off the grid, except the opposite. Oh no! What on Earth is the Wolfmaster plotting with the Mother Cell? I mean, it sounds like the Mother Cell is already in everything that Reiden Global makes, so I guess he might be able to put it in MORE things? Luckily, that was the ONLY bad thing happened last minute, and we got to end things with a cozy photo of Mitch Morgan and a puppy... OR DID WE... ANIMAL TRACKS – How would you fight the bats? – What's going to happen to Chloe, Mitch, and Abraham? – What is the Wolfmaster going to do with the Mother Cell? – What would you do with the Mother Cell? – Is the Wolfmaster going to stick the Mother Cell up his own ass to absorb its powers? – How will Henry be affected by the Tramadol? – What did you think of "Blame it on Leo?"

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