Polls

Jun 272017
 
POLL: Should the use of wild animals in circuses be banned?

Animal advocates are celebrating progress in an effort to ban wild and exotic animals in New York City circuses, but the measure still needs support. The New York City Council is currently considering a bill introduced by council members Rosie Mendez and Corey Johnson that would ban dozens of species of “wild or exotic animals […]

Jun 252017
 
POLL: Should the cruel sport of bullfighting be banned?

A Spanish bullfighter died after he tripped in the ring and was gored by the bull in south-western France, according to media reports. Ivan Fandino, 36, was taken to hospital, but later died from his injuries, Spanish news agency EFE reported, citing sources close to the Basque matador’s entourage. Fandino stumbled during a fight in […]

Jun 232017
 
Should dolphins and orcas be kept in captivity?

Animal advocates have been arguing for years that Lolita, the lone orca at the Miami Seaquarium, has spent decades living in a tank that’s far too small for her. While the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has historically maintained it’s legal, it looks like the agency might be changing its tune. Lolita was once a […]

Jun 222017
 
POLL: Should the trafficking of Pangolins be stopped?

If during the past decade you’d wanted to see a scaly creature about the size of a house cat with a long skinny tongue for slurping up ants, California’s San Diego Zoo was the place to go in the U.S. Baba the pangolin arrived there in 2007 after wildlife officials intercepted him in an illegal […]

Jun 012017
 
POLL: Should a "Lights Out" program be enforced to save migratory birds?

Imagine arriving to work and finding nearly 400 dead birds on the ground. That’s precisely what happened at the American National Insurance building in Galveston, Texas, on May 4, 2017. In a single night, hundreds of migrating birds slammed into the side of the skyscraper. All but three found on the ground died. The birds […]

May 292017
 
POLL: Should all circuses with wild animals be closed down?

As Ringling Bros. finally closes its doors forever this week, a recent undercover investigation offers a heartbreaking reminder that many animals are still being abused and exploited by circuses across the U.S. The investigator witnessed violent treatment toward tigers — including one instance of a trainer whipping a tiger 31 times in less than two […]

May 282017
 
POLL: Should the Grizzly Bear be removed from the Endangered Species List?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently is considering the most significant wildlife issue of our time: removal of Endangered Species Act protections from Yellowstone’s grizzly bear population. This action will trigger a trophy hunting season in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Habitat and food sources for Yellowstone’s grizzlies are being profoundly impacted by climate change. […]

May 262017
 
POLL: Should the keeping of dangerous wild animals as pets be banned?

In a victory for wildlife, South Carolina has officially passed a law that bans keeping dangerous wild animals as pets. The new law, which was just signed by Governor Henry McMaster, will now ban the private possession of big cats, non-native bears and great apes. “We applaud the provisions of this bill that prohibit the […]

May 242017
 
POLL: Should Trump be allowed to destroy the Endangered Species Act

On May 19, we celebrate Endangered Species Day, but this year the Endangered Species Act (ESA) itself could become endangered. Those opposing the ESA want to make it easier to develop anywhere — even in wilderness areas that encroach on crucial habitats.“‘States, counties, wildlife managers, home builders, construction companies, farmers, ranchers, and other stakeholders are […]

May 222017
 
POLL: Should the inter-breeding of lions and tigers be banned?

A coalition of US conservation groups has launched an attempt to outlaw the breeding of so-called frankencats, where big cats such as tigers and lions are crossed with each other to create unusual and often unhealthy specimens. A petition filed with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Friday calls for an end to the […]

May 212017
 
POLL:  Should more countries ban breeding captive dolphins and orcas?

In a historic victory for whales and dolphins, France just passed legislation that animal advocates hope will ultimately bring their captivity to an end. The new legislation bans captivity of whales, dolphins and porpoises, with exceptions for bottlenose dolphins and orcas who are already being held in aquariums, including those at Marineland Antibes, but it […]

May 192017
 
POLL: Should the use of animal fur in fashion clothing be banned?

This week, a major apparel company announced that it’s going to be removing fur, angora and exotic leather from its supply chain. The name VF Corporation might not sound familiar, but it’s the parent company to more than two dozen major brands, including The North Face, Nautica, Timberland, Vans, JanSport, Reef and Wrangler. The announcement […]

May 172017
 
POLL: Should there be a crackdown on the trafficking of pangolins?

Pangolins have become the most trafficked mammal on earth, and a record-breaking discovery of their scales in Malaysia has raised more concerns about their future. Pangolins, who live in Africa and Asia, are fascinating little creatures. They’re the only mammal on earth covered in true scales. Sadly, even though their scales are made of nothing […]