Attempting to lift the animal trophy ban in the U.S. will have consequences

Throughout Donald Trump’s administration, he and the Republicans have been reversing many of the policies put in place by previous presidents. However, the most atrocious attempt was trying to lift the ban on importing animal hunting trophies. But, after receiving backlash, Trump decided to delay the policy reversal and look at the “conservation facts,” and claimed he didn’t know his administration was trying to lift the ban. The current ban was put in place in 2014 by the U.S. Fishing and Wildlife Service, under former president Barack Obama. According to a National Geographic article, the ban was put in place due to “the service finding that the hunts didn’t contribute to the survival of the species.” Currently, this ban affects […]

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UBC student develops technology to track endangered elephants

African elephants threatened by poaching are getting a helping hand from a tech savvy University of British Columbia (UBC) student. In a recent study, lead author and UBC doctorate student Jake Wall details how the advanced real-time tracking technology he has developed is being used to monitor and protect nearly 100 African elephants in Kenya and South Africa. Elephants outfitted with tracking devices have their locations sent to researchers’ servers in near-real time, according to Wall. He said he has developed a series of algorithms that detect when an elephant has slowed down or stopped moving, indicating it may be injured or killed. The system is designed to trigger an alarm that is sent out over email and text message to […]

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