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The animal connection: What you need to know about the origins of COVID-19

By Mark A. Bonta / April 17, 2020 / Comments Off on The animal connection: What you need to know about the origins of COVID-19

The conventional wisdom is that harvesting wild animals for food is the route by which the coronavirus that has caused the COVID-19 pandemic jumped from animals to humans. Critics say it’s not the fault of the animals, but rather how humans behave. Why animals? Here’s term you should get to know: “emerging zoonotic diseases.” These […]

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Just what, exactly, is a ‘wet market,’ and should they be illegal in China?

By Mark A. Bonta / April 17, 2020 / Comments Off on Just what, exactly, is a ‘wet market,’ and should they be illegal in China?

The conventional wisdom is that the coronavirus behind the COVID-19 pandemic jumped to human beings from animals sold for food in an open-air “wet market” in Wuhan, China. China has subsequently been widely criticized for permitted wet markets to remain open. Yet it turns out that these types of marketplaces are not the problem — […]

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Wyoming’s wildlife wars are going to keep getting worse

By Mark A. Bonta / January 17, 2020 / Comments Off on Wyoming’s wildlife wars are going to keep getting worse

The latest battle for the soul of the West is really an ongoing set of skirmishes, pitting grizzly bears, mountain lions and bighorn sheep against a rancher and his livestock.  Stuck in the middle are the federal and state government agencies charged with protecting public lands, native animal species — and also private-property rights.   Territorial […]

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Elephant ivory is just the tip of the iceberg

By Mark A. Bonta / August 30, 2019 / Comments Off on Elephant ivory is just the tip of the iceberg

Activists say the treaty doesn’t effectively provide customs agencies with the tools they need to interdict the border-crossing deluge of 36,000 listed plant and animals species.

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