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 […]

Dec 282016
 
Kissing cows are to blame for bovine TB – so stop this bloody badger cull

More than 10,000 badgers have been killed this autumn in a cull supposedly to combat the disease of bovine TB in cattle. This was the fourth year of culling badgers but, in truth, we have been slaughtering our largest wild carnivore for decades. We have to ask one question: why has this bloody killing gone […]

Dec 132016
 
POLL: Could trophy hunting help conserve lions?

Trophy hunting could help conserve lions, according to the Oxford University scientist who had studied Cecil the lion for years before the animal was killed by an American dentist. A new report by Prof David MacDonald for UK ministers concluded that strictly regulated hunting of lions could provide a financial incentive to protect areas of […]

Dec 072016
 
Innovative technology creates safe haven for rhinos

An innovative new technology might be able to protect rhinos like never before. Unveiled last week, the new system integrates a set of technologies — Wi-Fi, thermal cameras, biometrics, closed-circuit televisions, and sensors — to create a security network across an entire game reserve. What makes it so promising is that it helps rangers react […]

Nov 212016
 
Another Hen Harrier shot dead sparking fears for rare bird of prey

Detectives at Cumbria Police have opened a full criminal investigation into the fatal shooting of one of the bird of prey, called Rowan. Last year there were just six successful hen harrier nests resulting from 12 attempts in England. But this year the RSPB says there are only three nests known to be currently in […]

Nov 202016
 
UK golden eagle population soars to new heights

Britain’s golden eagle population has soared to new heights, according to a new survey released on Wednesday. There are now more than 500 breeding pairs in the UK, up 15% and passing the threshold at which bird’s long-term future is thought viable. The huge raptors, which have a wingspan of 2m, have benefitted from fewer […]

Nov 162016
 
Cecil the Lion: Charges dropped against professional hunter

A court in Zimbabwe has thrown out charges against the professional hunter who helped Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer hunt Cecil the lion last year. The court ruled that the charges against Theo Bronkhorst “were too vague to enable him to mount a proper defence,” BBC News reported. He had been charged with failing to stop […]

Nov 092016
 
POLL: Should subsidies to grouse shooting estates be stopped?

England’s vast grouse shooting estates receive millions of pounds in public subsidies according to an investigation by Friends of the Earth. Thirty of the estates received £4m of taxpayer’s money between them in 2014, the year examined by the pressure group, including one owned by the Duke of Westminster, the richest landowner in Britain with […]

Nov 052016
 
POLL: Should hare coursing be banned in Ireland?

Dramatic and damning new video footage proves that hare coursing continues to be a despicably cruel practice despite assurances from Heritage Minister Heather Humphries that the “sport” is well regulated and that hares come to no harm due to muzzling of greyhounds and stringent monitoring of fixtures. An animal protection campaigner bravely defied the strict […]

Nov 042016
 
POLL: What should drive conservation action: morals or money?

In the debate, we explore the two sides of top conservation issues through articles written by leading experts in the field. In today’s debate, our experts discuss Moral value vs. Dollar value in nature conservation.     Morality, not economics should be the basis for conservation By Tris Allinson, Global Science Officer at BirdLife International. […]

Oct 192016
 
POLL: Should shark nets be used to protect swimmers?

Mike Baird has this week announced a plan for a six-month trial of shark nets off the beaches of northern New South Wales. This would extend the state’s shark net program from the 51 beaches now netted between Wollongong and Newcastle. The premier’s announcement was triggered by a surfer receiving minor injuries on Wednesday after […]

Oct 182016
 
Hounds hot on the heels of poachers in rhino country

“I am ready to die for conserving the rhino,” says Wisdom Makhubele. But the brave young ranger now has another weapon in the war against rhino poaching: the extraordinary nose of tracking hounds. The trained dogs can run poachers to ground far faster than people, sometimes even being set free in packs and followed from […]

Oct 122016
 
Romania bans trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats

Romania has banned all trophy hunting of brown bears, wolves, lynx and wild cats in a surprise decision that gives Europe’s largest population of large carnivores a reprieve from its most severe and immediate threat. The move on Tuesday reverses a trend which has seen the number of large carnivores being shot by hunters grow […]