Sep 242017
 
POLL: Should there be a worldwide ban on the shark fin trade?

The ocean activist group Sea Shepherd says it has delivered armed Timor-Leste police on to a Chinese-owned fishing vessel in a dawn raid and is detaining the vessels for the police after it was found targeting sharks. Following a two-week hunt for the Pingtan Marine Enterprises fleet, the Sea Shepherd boat M/Y Ocean Warrior found […]

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 182017
 
POLL: Should the use of wild and exotic animals in traveling circuses be banned?

A dangerous situation that turned deadly for a lost tiger found wandering this week highlights an urgent need to protect both the public and big cats in the U.S. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the tiger was first spotted on a highway in Atlanta, Ga., before making her way into a neighborhood, where she jumped […]

Sep 142017
 
POLL: Should there be a tough crackdown on the trafficking of Pangolins?

Thai officials, acting on a tip, stopped two pickup trucks this week and made the heartbreaking discovery of 136 live pangolins, and nearly 1,000 pounds worth of their scales. Although these pangolins were lucky to be found while still alive, many others aren’t as fortunate. Sadly, these unique little creatures are being hunted to 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 092017
 
POLL: Should trophy hunting in Kyrgystan be banned?

BOKONBAYEVO, Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyz folklore is laden with stories that warn its adherents against the over-hunting of animals. In one foreboding tale, Kodzhodzash, the leader of the Ak-Bars tribe, brutally ignores the wish of a female ibex, shooting dead her child and her mate.“May your father cry over you as I cry over my murdered […]

Sep 072017
 
POLL: Should Yellowstone's Iconic Grizzly Bears be Stripped of Federal Protection?

It was disappointing to say the least when it was announced earlier this summer that Yellowstone National Park’s iconic grizzly bears would be stripped of protection under the Endangered Species Act. But now, in an effort to get protection restored,multiple tribal and conservation organizations are taking the government to court. In the U.S., there was […]

Sep 052017
 
POLL: Should the slaughter of badgers in the UK be finally stopped?

Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ pounds have been spent on equipping badger cull marksmen with radios that link them directly to police, the Guardian has learned. Police have advised the government to invest in the same communications system they use to make it easier for officers to get to conflicts with cull saboteurs in remote […]

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 292017
 
POLL: Should SeaWorld be closed down?

The death toll at SeaWorld continues to grow with the loss of another orca who battled chronic health issues. But it isn’t the whale’s death that’s the real tragedy — it’s the life she was forced to live. SeaWorld made the announcement that Kasatka, the park’s matriarch, was euthanized in San Diego this week. According […]

Aug 272017
 
POLL: Should the trophy hunting of bears and wolves be banned?

On August 7, footage surfaced in international media of brown bears “besieging” a Romanian village. The clip shows the animals scavenging for food in trash bins, walking through the town, and running past bewildered pedestrians. Unfortunately, images like these can invoke fear among the public and play very well into the hands of those who […]

Aug 262017
 
POLL: Should roadside zoos be closed down?

Disturbing new undercover footage of a zoo in Canada exposes heartbreaking abuses. The footage has spurred outrage and has led to calls for change. The video, which was released by Animal Justice, was taken at the Papanack Zoo in Ontario by a whistleblower who worked there. It brought to light a number of heartbreaking issues […]