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  • The Traffickers: The Girl in the Window

    The Traffickers is an investigative documentary series which traces the global trafficking routes of some of the world’s most sought after commodities: Gold, exotic animals, sex, even human body parts - anything can be bought for a price. The aim was ambitious - to give an exclusive guide to the global black market world, with high production values, excellent cinematography, dynamic story-telling and outstanding journalism. The series is presented by Nelufar Hedayat, who herself was trafficked as a child refugee from war-torn Afghanistan. During the course of filming, Nelufar visited 22 different countries, criss-crossing the world to follow the story. The Dark Side of Adoption reveals how American couples adopting babies from the DRC can be caught up in an adoption scam which hoodwinks unsuspecting parents into giving up their children.
  • Broken system fails abused animals in Dallas

    A FOX 4 Investigation uncovered that Dallas’s system to investigate animal cruelty is so broken, no one agency is tracking all animal cruelty cases from start to finish. Out of 4,000 animal cruelty calls received by Dallas in 2015, only 11 cases made it to the District Attorney for prosecution.
  • Broken system fails abused animals in Dallas

    A FOX 4 Investigation uncovered that Dallas’s system to investigate animal cruelty is so broken, no one agency is tracking all animal cruelty cases from start to finish. Out of 4,000 animal cruelty calls received by Dallas in 2015, only 11 cases made it to the District Attorney for prosecution.
  • China's Animal Activists

    In China, passion for animal welfare is driving a grassroots movement challenging economic interests and political authorities. In 2014 activists confronted the dog meat trade as never before, intercepting transports on the highways and attempting to stop an annual dog meat festival in the city of Yulin. Most acted out of a deep love for animals, which has awakened as pets have become increasingly popular among the middle class and the Buddhist value of compassion has reemerged after decades of disfavor. This article tells the story of several weeks during June of 2014 when a group of activists went to Yulin to challenge the festival.
  • Most trafficked mammal

    The pangolin -- a little-known, scale-covered mammal -- is thought by scientists to be the most trafficked mammal in the world. Conservationists fear it could go extinct before most people realize it exists. To try to ensure that doesn’t happen, CNN’s John Sutter traveled, at times undercover, to Vietnam and Indonesia to introduce readers and viewers to this loveably introverted creature, and to expose the massive, illegal trade in its meat and scales. Traveling alone, and at times using hidden cameras and recording devices, Sutter met with wildlife traffickers and pangolin in Sumatra, Indonesia. He followed undercover wildlife cops in Hanoi, Vietnam, to a number of restaurants and markets that deal in pangolin products. This work exposed the ease with which pangolin traders are able to operate in these countries, in part because the pangolin has maintained a lower profile than rhinos and elephants. It also helped explain the rise in demand for pangolin scales and meat in Southeast Asia. Sutter’s work also humanized and popularized the pangolin, a creature he described as “elusive, nocturnal, rarely appreciated and barely understood.”
  • Buck Fever: Trophy deer, national risk

    An 18-month investigation into the little known captive-deer industry. The investigation revealed that the $1 billion industry contributes to the spread of wildlife diseases, undermines the government’s multibillion-dollar efforts to protect the food supply, costs taxpayers millions and potentially compromises public health.
  • Pets at Risk

    This series examined the fast-growing, secretive world of pet medicines -- how they are riskier, cheaper and quicker to develop than human medicines, and how some pharmaceutical companies are moving aggressively into this specialized, under-regulated world to cushion the blow of declining revenues from human medicines.
  • Farmaceuticals

    A Reuters investigation details the drugs fed to farm animals and the risks posed to humans.
  • Oversight of Indiana Tiger Exhibit Big on Growl, Light on Teeth

    KyCIR’s radio/online/print investigation found that a Louisville-area nonprofit that houses wild animals has a troubled record; that state and federal officials have done little to address complaints; and the handling of lions and other exotic animals is potentially putting the public's safety at risk. The facility, Wildlife in Need, has a history of repeat violations of the Animal Welfare Act and for two years, federal inspectors cited the owner for not having cages tall enough to prevent tigers and lions from escaping. They found that despite these citations federal inspectors did not remove the animals, fine the owner or force him into compliance. Because of an obscure provision in Indiana law, state officials have no power to investigate or inspect the facility -- even after a neighbor shot and killed a 48-pound leopard that many believe was housed at the facility.
  • Bearlando

    Bears are cute until they break into your home, or destroy your porch, or attack your dog, or attack you. Oddly, the people of Metro Orlando had come to terms with living with bears a long time ago as the animals occasionally emerged from nearby forests to wander suburban and urban neighborhoods. But in the past three to five years the incidents have become far more common -- and far more commonly terrifying -- as more and bolder bears blurred the frontier between forests and the city. The Orlando Sentinel looked into it, assigning projects reporter Scott Powers and local government reporter Stephen Hudak. By obtaining and analyzing state bear complaint data, they discovered the Orlando area is far and away the worst in Florida for bear-human encounters -- and the encounters have indeed been rapidly increasing. The number of such complaints more than doubled from 2008 to 2013, after having doubled between 2003 and 2008. Beyond that, Hudak and Powers set out to tell the stories of people living with bears. In particular, they found one large suburban area in the northwest part of the metropolis was experiencing so many bear encounters that residents said they rarely called them in anymore, unless the bears caused real trouble. Bears would ravage garbage cans, steal the dog's food, pick fruit trees clean, and sneak into garages and kitchens to raid freezers and pantries. While there were no reports on record of bears ever killing humans in Florida, and injury reports were rare, all too often, they also would destroy property and terrorize humans and their pets.