Oct 202017
 
POLL: Should wild boar be culled in order to control the population?

Drew Pratten admits it can be a little unnerving to suddenly come upon a wild boar in the forest. “They are very big. When they growl at you it’s primal. You get the sort of feeling deep in your stomach that you get when you hear a lion roar. But these animals don’t want to […]

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 […]

Feb 032017
 
POLL: Should foxes be culled to protect domestic pets?

Animal lovers are calling for a cull to stop wild animals killing their pets including a cat whose head was eaten by a fox. But the RSPCA and local councils said the animals can only be controlled by humane methods, rather than culling. Demand for pest control services to kill urban foxes usually spikes after […]

Dec 302016
 
Norway reprieves 32 of 47 wolves earmarked for cull

The Norwegian government has issued a last-minute reprieve for 32 of the 47 wolves that had been earmarked for a cull to protect sheep flocks. The plans to kill two-thirds of the country’s wolves caused outrage among conservationists at home and abroad when they were announced by local predator management boards in September, with warnings […]

Oct 072016
 
Australia's government open to shark cull on NSW north coast

The federal government has signalled it would consider a shark cull on the New South Wales north coast after a teenage surfer was mauled by a great white. It comes as the NSW government announces a new three-month trial of shark-spotting drones for the area, and additional drum lines off the coast. The federal environment […]

Aug 282016
 
POLL: Should Australia's wild horses be culled?

A plan to cull more than 5,000 brumbies in the Snowy Mountains has received the support of leading scientists from around Australia. Forty-one scientists from 16 universities have written to the New South Wales premier, Mike Baird, to support the proposed cull of 90% of the brumby population in Kosciuszko national park. They are backing […]

Feb 072016
 
POLL: Should bison be culled in Yellowstone National Park?

Yellowstone National Park’s annual culling of the last wild herd of bison, or buffalo, in the United States has been controversial since it began in 2000, and now it has prompted a First Amendment battle between National Park Service officials and reporters determined to document the grim spectacle. The U.S. National Park Service originally proposed […]

Feb 012016
 
POLL: Should the wolf cull in Finland be stopped?

Finnish hunters have been authorised to kill nearly 20% of the country’s wolf population in a controversial trial cull that begins this weekend, aimed at managing stocks. Authorities hope the sanctioned hunt of nearly 50 of the country’s estimated 250 grey wolves will curb illegal poaching, which some rural landowners have resorted to in recent […]

Jan 272016
 
POLL: Should the killing of animals by Wildlife Services be stopped?

After anti-government protesters took over Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge earlier this month to support two ranchers convicted of arson, it emerged that the convicts, Steven and Dwight Hammonds, had received thousands of dollars in financial support from the federal government. The public aid included the killing of five coyotes by a US Department of […]

Jan 112016
 
POLL: Should the wolf cull in Ontario be stopped?

As all controversial government announcements are released when no one is watching, so too was the announcement by the Wynne govt. to begin a wolf cull in Northern Ontario. Posted on Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights Registry on December 17, the Ontario govt. is proposing to remove the previous requirements for hunters to purchase a […]

Nov 162015
 
POLL: Should Mauritius be allowed to cull its bats?

Despite widespread protests by conservation groups and citizens, Mauritius will start culling its native Mauritius fruit bats (Pteropus niger) tomorrow. These bats are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. According to a press statement released by Mauritius’s Ministry of Agro Industry and Food Security today, culling of 18,000 bats will […]

Oct 042015
 
POLL: Should invasive species be eradicated in the EU?

Anyone caught exporting or possessing invasive species such as grey squirrels, ruddy ducks and water hyacinth in the EU will soon face heavy fines and confiscations, under a new blacklist filed at the WTO, which the Guardian has seen. Raccoons, Javan mongooses, and South American coypus are among the 37 types of flora and fauna […]

Sep 202015
 
POLL: Should raptors be culled to protect racing pigeons?

Feathers are flying in the bird world. Potential changes to the law, following a campaign by pigeon fanciers to reduce attacks on their pets by raptors, have met with opposition from the RSPB. The Raptor Alliance, a body representing many of the UK’s 42,000 pigeon owners, is writing to MPs warning that an “iconic traditional […]