This is a time to reflect on the gentle giants that are Florida's official state marine mammal.
James Palmer allegedly shot a protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.
"Rewarding shooters, including young children, with prizes takes us back to an earlier era of wanton killing that so many of us thought was a closed chapter."
A 34 year-old rhino named Suni, died from natural causes on Oct. 17, at a nature reserve in Kenya, leaving just six northern white rhinos remaining worldwide.
At a time when wolves are only just starting to make a comeback in some states, these actions have fueled a climate of concern and outrage.
This is the first time the state has stepped into the issue over the species, which is losing protection and being killed in several states.
Activists including conservation groups, animal rights supporters, and First Nation tribe members have serious qualms about the hunting of these bears for pure sport.
Currently, Japan's whaling program is killing about 1,000 whales a year under the guise of "scientific purposes."
The report was based on a poll which found that two out of three U.S. citizens want the Endangered Species Act either strengthened or simply left alone, but not circumvented or weakened.
Dolphin hunting is also known as drive hunting, and involves driving the animals together with boats and trapping them. It is increasingly seen as a cruel, inhumane, and entirely unnecessary practice.