People must think L.A. is a crazy place, because they're trying to send us (or smuggle in) some strange and, authorities say, illicit things.
And we're not just talking about Octomom's fan mail, either. No, in the span of less than a week this month federal customs officials say they seized elephan ... More >>
Kate Spade. Chanel. Hermes. Girls got to have their four-figure designer handbags these days.
But ostrich, stingray, crocodile and elephant skin purses? Maybe some ladies are taking the high-end handbag trend a little too far.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said today that they have seized sev ... More >>
This is news that will surely send PETA members into kiniptions that will require the aid of first responders.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in L.A. today announced they've filed charges against a dozen people for selling endangered animals and related clothing, including boots made out of sea turtle ... More >>
backwardsbeekeepers.comThe Yellow CarpetNothing against birds, but bats and bees -- key cogs in our food pollination wheel, among other things -- have had it rough the past few years with white nose syndrome and Colony Collapse Disorder. On the positive side, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servic ... More >>
www.jagendorf.comThe one that got awayAnd here we thought Tupac's alleged shooter was the man of the hour (closely trailed by a way-too-stoked John Edwards). Nope! The anonymous U.S. citizen trying to cross over from Mexico with 167 pounds of Iguana meat in tow on June 7 wins top blogroll hon ... More >>
Atwater Village NewbieA turtle at Sea World in San Diego.We've heard of turtle soup (all hail the delicacies of the Victorian Era!) but turtle-flavored crisps and cookies? That's essentially what federal officials found when they busted two Japanese nationals for smuggling turtles into LAX, r ... More >>
courtesy of U.S. Attorney's Office‚ÄčIt's perhaps no surprise that illegal turtle smuggling investigations take a long, long time.
On Friday, however, a year-long federal sting concluded, netting a pair of Japanese tortoise smugglers at LAX.
So far, this doesn't sound as gruesome as the whale mea ... More >>
Animal Diversity WebSpiderman shouldn't have messed with the internationally protected Mexican red-kneeIf you've been charged with smuggling your weight's worth in deadly really fucking creepy tarantulas into the U.S., don't make a swanky business trip to Los Angeles and hope to come out aliv ... More >>
Federal charges were filed Wednesday against a Santa Monica restaurant and its sushi chef for allegedly serving sei whale, an endangered species projected under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act, the U.S. Attorney's office announced.
The criminal complaint charges the The Hump's parent c ... More >>
The Tejon Ranch is 270,000 acres of golden grassland and brooding oaks that were once part of an Army Fort before falling into the hands of the L.A. Times' Chandler family a century ago. For decades the land, which stretches from the Antelope Valley to the Tehachapis, has glowed pristinely on either ... More >>
The Center for Biological Diversity cares as much about the unarmored threespine stickleback as it does a cathedral forest of trees, which is why it is reinventing the environmental movement and could be saving Southern California in the process.