To satisfy the global demand for ivory, poachers have killed more than 100,000 African elephants in the last three years alone. This staggering figure has inspired conservationists and politicians alike to buckle down on illegal animal harvesting. In kind, Wildlife Conservation Society has launched an investigation of poaching in Mozambique. We speak with Alistair Nelson, program director of the group’s Mozambique headquarters.
Sounding the Alarm for Animal Control Officers:Animal safety is a rising priority in the Nation’s Capital, thanks to one member of the Washington DC City Council. Councilmember Mary Cheh proposed legislation to allow the use of sirens on animal control vehicles responding to emergencies. If the measure passes, WAMU’s Metro Connection reporter Lauren Landau says officers of the Washington Humane Society’s Animal Care and Control unit could benefit as much as the animals and people they serve.