Mar 152017
 
Austria flouts EU law to cull otters

Lower Austria is planning to trap and shoot 40 otters in the very near future. This is in spite of the fact that otters are protected by the European Union Fauna and Flora Habitats Directive. This is in response to appeals from fishermen stating that there are too many otters. The numbers quoted for that […]

Jun 242016
 
POLL: Should trophy and big game hunting be banned?

Around 1.7m animal “trophies” have been exported across borders by hunters in the last decade, with at least 200,000 of them endangered species, according to a new report. US hunters are by far the largest killers of trophy animals, including half of all the 11,000 lions shot in the last decade, the report found. The […]

May 072016
 
POLL: Should the dolphinarium project in Arizona be stopped?

A plan to transport a group of dolphins to the Arizona desert so tourists can pay to frolic with them has come under fire from animal welfare activists who claim the attraction will be harmful to people as well as the dolphins. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition against a plan for a […]

May 042016
 
POLL: Should fur farming be banned in the European Union?

In 1994, four of the world’s most famous supermodels were splashed across billboards under the slogan “We’d rather go naked than wear fur”. Fast-forward 21 years and it seems it is now another story for Naomi Campbell, Kate Moss, Elle Macpherson and Cindy Crawford, who have been pictured in fur coats, gilets and trimmed parkas. […]

Apr 182016
 
POLL:  Is it time to close our zoos?

In 2014, Marius, a perfectly healthy two-year-old giraffe, was killed and fed to the lions in Copenhagen Zoo. It caused an outcry at the time but, as a new Horizon documentary explains, it made perfect sense – and lifted the lid on something happening in zoos across the world, which they rarely admit to. Every […]

Jan 292016
 
POLL: Should the use of animals in circuses be stopped?

Inside a travelling aquatic circus in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, whoops and cheers go up as a dolphin leaps out of a pool and slam-dunks a ball through a basketball net. Hundreds of people packed inside the Moscow Travelling Dolphinarium to watch dolphins and beluga whales perform acrobatic stunts, against a painted backdrop of blue skies […]

Aug 102014
 
POLL: Marks and Spencer takes grouse off the shelves

Marks and Spencer has said it will not be selling red grouse this year after concerns about the how the game birds are sourced. Last year M&S sold red grouse on a trial basis in two stores, with a view to selling it in more stores next month when the shooting season begins. But the […]

Jan 202014
 
POLL: Should the cull of badgers be allowed to continue in 2014?

This year will be pivotal for one of the most controversial policies involving animal welfare in recent times, when the government decides whether to proceed with extending the badger cull pilots, which began last summer in the areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset, to other parts of England. The effectiveness of the trials is currently being assessed […]

Jun 012013
 
Culls risk illegally exterminating badgers, animal expert warns

England’s highly controversial badger culls risk illegally wiping out every badger in the cull zones because the animals’ numbers are so poorly known, according to one of the UK’s leading badger experts. The culls, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle, are authorised to begin on 1 June but could prove unworkable because of the uncertainty […]