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Brianna Grant

Freelance Writer

Location icon United States

I am a writer specializing in wildlife and environmental news.

Earth Island Journal
Big Cat Public Safety Act Reintroduced in House

Animal welfare advocates hope that recent enforcement actions against Tiger King personalities will help push through the bill, which seeks to ban cub petting operations and trade in big cats. Cub petting facilities - where visitors can directly interact with wild animals such as tigers and lions - gained national attention following the release of the Netflix docuseries Tiger King in March last year.

The Humane Society of the United States
How the COVID-19 pandemic impacts animals

For communities across the world, 2020 has been a tumultuous year. The SARS-CoV-2 virus (which causes COVID-19) spread from a few people at a Chinese wildlife market to over 72 million people by the end of the year.

Earth Island Journal
Rock Climbing Can Pose Threat to Cliff-Dwelling Birds, but May also Offer Opportunity

Despite disturbing high-altitude habitat, climbers could be a valuable resource for bird conservation projects. Cliff-dwelling birds typically have it pretty good. Cliffs serve as a physical barrier, protecting birds from terrestrial predators as well as human disturbances. Cliffs also provide ample nesting sites, and the high-altitude can allow birds to spot potential threats as they approach from below.

Earth Island Journal
Wildlife Tourism Can Pose Disease Threat to Wild Animals

Tourism is a powerful conservation tool, but when people get too close, it can also facilitate spread of dangerous pathogens. Find more of our Covid-19 coverage. The current coronavirus pandemic, which likely jumped to humans from a market selling wildlife for meat, has shown us that zoonotic diseases pose an urgent threat to people around the world.

The internet is helping fuel global wildlife trafficking * Earth.com

The internet has transformed our everyday lives in ways we are still beginning to understand. Gone are the days of navigating a map for directions and mailing letters to far away friends to keep in contact. The internet has made our lives easier, faster and more convenient.

Tourism can worsen deadly light pollution in sea turtle habitats * Earth.com

The harmful relationship between sea turtles and light pollution has emerged as an important consideration in sea turtle conservation. What is less known is the relationship between sea turtles and the tourists who visit them, and subsequently encourage increased development along pristine shorelines. Light is an important navigation tool for sea turtles.

Cruise ships can be wildly harmful to the surrounding environment * Earth.com

Cruise ships have revolutionized the way people travel since they first rose in popularity in the 1990s. Travelers can eat, drink, shop, swim and enjoy entertainment while voyaging the seas, free from the stress of planning out every step of a vacation. But with the convenience of cruise ships comes a steep environmental cost.

Giraffe death calls into question zoo conditions and regulations |

Zoos allow people to stand some mere feet away from wild animals they likely would have never encountered otherwise. While zoos can provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience for visitors, they can be harmful and potentially fatal for the animals they showcase. Just last month, a giraffe died at the Lisbon Zoo while trying to reach for food from a visitor.

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