Mar 232018
POLL: Should Wyoming abandon its plans for a Grizzly Bear trophy hunt?

It’s been less than a year since Yellowstone’s iconic grizzlies were prematurely stripped of federal protection, and Wyoming’s already trying to open the door to allow trophy hunting for the first time in four decades under a new proposal. There was once estimated to be 50,000 grizzly bears in the U.S., but by 1975, there […]

Mar 222018
Bushmeat hunting threatens hornbills and raptors in Cameroon’s forests, study finds

Hornbills, vultures and eagles are being hunted for bushmeat in Cameroon in much greater numbers than previously thought, a new study has found. Previous research has shown that relatively few birds are sold in Cameroon’s markets compared to mammals and reptiles. However, market surveys can be biased toward commercially valuable wildlife, missing animals that are […]

Mar 212018
Indonesia races to catch tiger alive as villagers threaten to ‘kill the beast’

PEKANBARU, Indonesia — A wildlife conservation agency in Indonesia has deployed two special teams to capture alive a tiger blamed for killing two people this year, amid mounting calls for the animal to be killed. The Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) in Riau province has been on the trail of the Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris […]

Mar 202018
Platypus milk: unlikely weapon in fight against superbugs

They are duck-billed, egg-laying, semi-aquatic mammals with poisonous spurs on their webbed feet: the Australian platypus is so weird that early European zoologists thought it must be an elaborate hoax. But now a team of Australian scientists have found something else unique to the strange little animals: their milk has a novel chemical structure that […]

Mar 192018
Urban-Dwelling Leopards May Be Protecting Humans From Rabies

City-dwelling leopards may sound like a major threat to human safety, but these predators could actually be protecting urban residents from rabies. Big cat sightings have been on the rise in Asian cities,as urban sprawl forces animals like leopards to either roam further afield or to travel into cities to find prey. The influx of […]

Mar 182018
Pine Martens Could Save the UK’s Red Squirrel Population

The reintroduction of pine martens in Scotland has been controversial, but data from a new study revealsa potential bonus: These cat-sized predators could help the beleaguered red squirrel to bounce back. The study, which appears this month in the journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B,” suggests that while pine martens prey on red squirrels, […]

Mar 172018
Why Is New Zealand Releasing a Rabbit-Killing Virus?

Wild rabbits are considered pests in New Zealand, and they reportedly cause substantial damage to pastoral land. The country has now decided to release a virus to cull rabbits, but environmentalists warn that this is a serious mistake. In late February, officials agreed to release the virus — known as rabbit hemorrhagic virus disease, or […]

Mar 162018
POLL: Should cosmetics testing on animals be banned nationwide?

Four years ago this month, the Humane Cosmetics Act (H.R. 4148), aka HCA, was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This legislation would ban the torturing and killing of animals to test the safety of cosmetics products. During these tests, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs and other animals are subjected to cruel and painful procedures, […]

Mar 152018
Jaguars killed for fangs to supply growing Chinese medicine trade

Conservationists who have uncovered a growing illegal trade in jaguar fangs in South America are linking it to Chinese construction projects that could be threatening wildlife globally. Experts say major Chinese power plant, road and rail works in developing nations are key stimulants of illicit trade in the skins, bones and horns of endangered animals. […]

Mar 142018
POLL: Should Norway be sanctioned for boosting its whaling quota?

Norway has announced a 28% increase of its annual whaling quota to 1,278 whales in a bid to revive the declining hunt amid international controversy. Whalers have for several years failed to meet the quotas set by Oslo and the number of whaling boats has plunged. “I hope the quota and the merging of fishing […]

Mar 132018
Trump Backtracks on Elephant Trophy Ban – This Must Be Stopped

Late last year, the White House announced that it would get rid of a ban on elephant trophy imports, and immediately the American public became outraged that the Trump administration would allow such cruelty. A couple months later, President Donald Trump himself called that idea “terrible” and it looked like African elephants would get a […]

Mar 122018
POLL: Should Bobcats be kept on the Endangered Species List?

Bobcats in Indiana could be hunted and trapped again for the first time in decades, if a new proposal is enacted. Bobcats were nearly hunted to extinction by the mid 1900s. They were finally listed as endangered species in the state by the 1960s, and hunting them has been banned ever since. That protection has […]