Critical Analysis: Does the Use of a Captive-Bred Endangered Species Promote its Propagation and Survival?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) is a federal agency within the Department of Interior which has been delegated the responsibility for the day-to-day administration of the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). The purpose of the ESA is to “provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species may be conserved, … Read more

Critical Analysis: International Concern Continues to Grow Over Shark Finning Practices

This past month, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla signed a ban on shark finning to amend previous legislation and to close loopholes in the law. The original 2001 law banned shark finning but permitted other countries to continue to import shark fins. Shark finning is becoming a growing global concern for the complex ecosystem of … Read more