Largest outdoor gear show abandons Salt Lake City after 20 years to protest Utah Republicans’ conservation stance – The Washington Post

People attend the Outdoor Retailer show at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City in January. (Rick Bowmer/AP) The twice-a-year Outdoor Retailer show is the world’s largest trade exhibition for one of the world’s fastest-growing industries. It’s where companies such as Patagonia, the North Face, REI, Black Diamond and Polartec hawk their coolest […]

The NRA just persuaded Congress to legalize the killing of bear cubs in wildlife refuges

The House voted to overturn the Obama administration’s ‘Fair Chase’ rule. CREDIT: AP Photo/Becky Bohrer The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to legalize the killing of black bear cubs and their mothers at their dens in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges. The controversial measure, backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), overturns a ‘Fair Chase’ rule, […]

U.S. Animal Abuse Records Deleted—What We Stand to Lose

Two weeks into the Trump Administration, thousands of documents detailing animal welfare violations nationwide have been removed from the website of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), which has been posting them publicly for decades. These are the inspection records and annual reports for every commercial animal facility in the U.S.—including zoos, breeders, factory […]

Trump advances Keystone pipeline, DAPL with executive actions – CNNPolitics.com

The decision to advance the pipelines cast aside efforts by President Barack Obama’s administration to block construction of the two pipelines, while making good on one of Trump’s campaign promises. As he signed the documents Tuesday in the Oval Office, Trump also vowed to “renegotiate some of the terms” of the Keystone bill and said […]

Obama moves to indefinitely block drilling in Arctic, Atlantic oceans

In September, Democratic Congress members Frank Pallone, Jr. and Jared Huffman sent a letter to Obama urging him to exercise that authority. The letter was signed by 74 lawmakers, almost all Democrats, and contained quotes from representatives from some of the groups that produced the fact sheet in May. Environmentalists say drilling in the Arctic […]