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 […]

Oct 172017
 
Radioactive Boar Wreak Havoc on Swedish Landscape

Thirty-one years ago, a plume of radiation spread across Europe with the Chernobyl meltdown, the most infamous nuclear disaster in history. Today, we think of Chernobyl as a historic event,as well as an instructive lesson in nuclear safety — and one that changed the face of nuclear power forever. But it turns out we’re living […]

Oct 022017
 
For Species At Risk of Extinction, Size Matters

Scientists have been warning about a sixth mass extinction, and when it comes to species at risk of disappearing, size is going to matter a lot, according to a new study. For the study, which was just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international team of scientists from the U.S., […]

Sep 292017
 
POLL: Should the Ortolan Bunting poaching ban be strictly enforced in France?

The French Ministry of Ecology, Nicolas Hulot has committed to ending the large-scale trapping of Ortolan Bunting, which takes place to meet demand for a cruel dish where the songbird is blinded, plumpened and drowned in brandy. It’s a practice that has driven population declines of up to 84% in Europe since 1980. Ortolan is […]

Sep 252017
 
5 Cruel Animal Traditions That Make No Sense Today

Certain customs, passed down from generation to generation, stand the test of time. We outgrow others as times change — and that’s not always a bad thing. Animals have been victims of cruel human traditions for far too long, and it’s time to put an end to these five practices. 1. Hunting Hunting was once […]

Sep 222017
 
POLL: Should trail (fox) hunting on National Trust land be stopped?

The fractious politics of hunting was far from the minds of Julian Smith and Becky Whitehead during a pleasant afternoon exploring Leicestershire’s only National Trust house – a 118-year-old cottage nestled in countryside just out of earshot of the M1. Nevertheless their views were clear, before a landmark vote next month that could prohibit trust […]

Sep 202017
 
POLL: Should the Grand Canyon Bison be culled?

The National Park Service plans to thin a herd of bison in the Grand Canyon through roundups and by seeking volunteers who are physically fit and proficient with a gun to kill the animals that increasingly are damaging park resources. Some bison would be shipped out of the area and others legally hunted on the […]

Sep 122017
 
POLL: Should Japan be sanctioned for continuing to slaughter whales?

The past two years have been tough going for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. A big part of its mission since 2005 has been to intercept and stop Japanese ships from hunting whales. Every such outing costs Sea Shepherd about $4 million. In the years when they found success and actually foiled Japan’s whalers, that […]

Sep 082017
 
Three more rangers killed in a deadly month around the world for wildlife defenders

Three rangers have been killed in separate countries in a deadly month for wildlife defenders. A ranger at Serra da Capivara national park, in Brazil’s north-eastern Piaui region, was killed by hunters on 18 August. Edilson Aparecido dos Santos and two other colleagues were patrolling the park when they were ambushed by a group of […]

Aug 312017
 
POLL: Should hunting with hounds be banned?

All hunting with hounds on National Trust land could be banned in an unprecedented vote this autumn. Trail hunting – in which hounds and riders follow a scent that was laid earlier – is still allowed on trust estates but has long been regarded by animal rights campaigners as a means of circumventing the hunting […]

Aug 252017
 
POLL: Should we prevent our cats from killing birds?

The only sure way to prevent pet cats from killing birds is to keep them inside or to walk them outdoors on a leash. These methods are encouraged by veterinarians, animal welfare groups and environmentalists. Yet, less than half of the estimated 73 million cats in the United States live indoors according to the National […]

Aug 162017
 
POLL: Should the export of "legal ivory" be made illegal?

The United Kingdom ships more legal ivory beyond its borders than any other country, according to an analysis released today by the London-based NGO Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The announcement comes two days before World Elephant Day on Saturday. Globally, elephant numbers are falling, down 30 percent between 2007 and 2014 — a decline driven […]

Aug 092017
 
POLL: Does destroying ivory save elephants?

The owners of an antiques shop in Manhattan, New York, pleaded guilty on July 26 for trying to sell $4.5 million worth of illegal elephant ivory from a back room. On Thursday, some of that confiscated Manhattan ivory and more will be crushed in Central Park as part of a public event organized by the […]