Nov 202017
 
POLL: Should Trump's elephant trophy hunting plan be stopped?

When you think of ways the White House could, in fact, “make America great again,” allowing big game hunters to bring elephant heads back into the country is probably nowhere on that list. Nevertheless, the Trump administration has just announced that it will get rid of restrictions that prevented hunters from doing just that. A […]

Nov 172017
 
POLL: Should gillnets be banned in the Upper Gulf to save the Vaquita?

Conservationists are mourning the loss of a critically endangered vaquita porpoise who died after being captured by authorities. The vaquita only exists in a small area in the Gulf of California, off the coast of Mexico. Despite past efforts to protect them, including the creation of a refuge in 2005, their numbers have continued to […]

Nov 102017
 
Demand Justice for Endangered Wolf Slain in Oregon

While many consider wildlife poaching to be a problem that only happens abroad, the practice often occurs closer to home. Take Oregon, for instance. In the past two years, at least eight wolves have died of poaching or “mysterious circumstances” in the state, according to the Center for Biological Diversity. Now, the U.S. Fish and […]

Nov 062017
 
POLL: Should Orcas and Dolphins be freed from all Seaquariums?

Animal advocates have been fighting for years to free Lolita, a lone orca at the Miami Seaquarium, and now they’re getting some additional support from city officials. Lolita was once a wild and free member of the southern resident killer whales who live in the Pacific Northwest, but she was taken for public display in […]

Nov 042017
 
‘Decimated’: Germany’s birds disappear as insect abundance plummets 76%

A new study in PLOS ONE reveals a 76 percent reduction in Germany’s flying insect biomass over the past 27 years while another reports the country’s bird abundance has declined 15 percent in just over a decade. While the causes behind the insect decline haven’t yet been conclusively studied, the PLOS ONE study suggests agricultural […]

Oct 312017
 
Rhino poacher sentenced to 18 years in prison

A court in Malawi has convicted and sentenced a rhino poacher to 18 years in prison for killing an adult female black rhinoceros. Two of his accomplices were also handed sentences of ten and eight years each. The recent 18-year sentence might serve as a deterrent to would-be poachers, some experts say. In July this […]

Oct 252017
 
POLL: Should animal traps in our National Wildlife Refuges be banned?

Since the first National Wildlife Refuge was designated in 1903, hundreds of refuges have been created and 150 million acres of land and water across the nation have been protected. These refuges now provide homes to hundreds of species, including those who are endangered and threatened — and as a bonus, they draw millions of […]

Oct 182017
 
POLL: Should "petting zoos" displaying wild animals be closed down?

When you visit a petting zoo– or any facility that claims to promote conservation education — you expect that the animals will be well cared for and live long, happy lives. But, sadly, this is not always the case. Animal rights groups say that the animals at Fur-Ever Wild in Lakeville, Minnesota — including cougars, […]

Oct 162017
 
POLL: Should hippos have a higher level of protection under CITES?

It seems almost incomprehensible that the desire for an ivory ornament or piece of jewellery justifies the slaughter of a majestic elephant, but as their populations continue to crash, the ever-hungry black market has become creative in order to satisfy its greed. Now, ivory hunters are setting their sights on everything from arctic narwhals to […]

Oct 122017
 
Is the ‘Extinct’ Javan Tiger Still Alive in Indonesia?

No one’s actually seen the animal for 40 years, but a wildlife ranger in Indonesia has snapped photos and video of a tiger that many believe is long extinct. The Javan tiger is one of the nine subspecies of tiger. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List declared it extinct in […]

Oct 092017
 
POLL: Should the export of young elephants to Chinese zoos be banned?

After being taken from her family and the only life she’s ever known, a young female elephant estimated to be just five years old is loaded onto a truck, while men repeatedly kick her in the head, hit her and pull her by a rope as they try to get her to move back. Her […]

Sep 282017
 
Snow Leopards Are No Longer Endangered, But They’re Also Not Safe

Snow leopards received some good news with a status change from Endangered to Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), but advocates for these elusive cats are warning that it’s not quite time to celebrate yet. Snow leopards have been classified as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species […]

Sep 142017
 
International Vulture Awareness Day 2017

The first Saturday in September each year is International Vulture Awareness Day. Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction. The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness […]