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Jan 052018
 
How Sea Shepherd lost battle against Japan’s whale hunters in Antarctic

A fleet of Japanese ships is currently hunting minke whales in the Southern Ocean. It is a politically incendiary practice: the waters around Antarctica were long ago declared a whale sanctuary, but the designation has not halted Japan’s whalers, who are continuing a tradition of catching whales “for scientific research” in the region. In the […]

Jan 042018
 
Video: Power lines killing the last remaining Great Indian Bustards in India

On Dec. 9, researchers discovered the remains of an extremely rare bird in India’s Thar Desert, in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. All that remained was a pile of bones, and large, brown feathers, fluttering beneath a power line. The dead bird, one of the last remaining wild individuals of the critically endangered great Indian […]

Jan 032018
 
Success! Scotland Bans Wild Animals in Traveling Circuses

Animal advocates are celebrating another major win for animals used in entertainment following news that Scotland has banned wild animals in traveling circuses. This week, the Scottish Parliament passed the Wild Animals in Travelling Circuses (Scotland) Bill, which was introduced on ethical grounds earlier this May by Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and […]

Jan 022018
 
Advocates Raise Millions for Wildlife Bridge in Los Angeles

It’s not an easy life for the mountain lions and other animals that make their home in the Santa Monica Mountains. Because they’re so isolated, Los Angeles mountain lions are almost 100 percent likely to become extinct in 50 years due to inbreeding, which can cause health problems and unusual behavior. Leaving their territory is […]

Dec 312017
 
Why Whistleblowers Are the Answer to Global Wildlife Trafficking

Whistleblowers are the number one source of fraud detection across the world. In fact, whistleblowers are such an incredibly valuable tool in fraud detection, that the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) give out millions of dollars in monetary rewards every year through their dedicated whistleblower programs to whistleblowers who […]

Dec 302017
 
Queensland man to face court over death of 5.2-metre crocodile

A man is expected to face court in central Queensland next month accused of shooting dead a 5.2-metre saltwater crocodile. The reptile was found floating in the Fitzroy River near Rockhampton on 21 September. A 31-year-old Etna Creek man has been issued with a notice to appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on 12 January […]

Dec 282017
 
Two males for every female: Antipodean Albatross in breeding crisis

Antipodean Albatrosses court for years, mate for life and work together to raise their young – but human activity is causing a sex ratio imbalance that is destroying their lifelong romance. This year, they have been uplisted to Endangered on the IUCN Red List due to worrying population declines. The “live slow, die old” strategy […]

Dec 262017
 
Do Partridges Really Live in Pear Trees?

The lucky recipient in the classic Christmas carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas” got 23 birds over the course of the holiday season. Hopefully they didn’t live in a studio apartment. In the yuletide spirit, we’re taking a closer look at the birds immortalized in the English folk song, first published around 1780. Seven Swans […]

Dec 212017
 
Land reclamation threatens extremely rare spoon-billed sandpipers in China

One of the world’s rarest birds — the tiny spoon-billed sandpiper— could soon lose a critical habitat to land reclamation projects, warns a new report by Greenpeace. Every year, the reddish-brown spoon-billed sandpiper (Eurynorhynchus pygmeus) makes a 5,000-mile long journey, flying from its breeding grounds in Arctic Russia to its wintering sites in places like […]

Dec 192017
 
Neonicotinoids May Harm Migratory Songbirds Too

A first-of-its-kind study shows a link between insecticide exposure and a decline in migratory songbirds.  The new study, published in “Scientific Reports,” examines the possible effects of neonicotinoids on birds like sparrows. Neonicotinoids are highly controversial because, while insecticide manufacturers claim they are safe, mounting evidence suggests that neonicotinoids harm many bee species and may […]

Dec 172017
 
Narwhals Wearing Heart Monitors Reveal Danger of Human Encounters

Normally when an animal is scared, it either remains very still and slows its heart rate and metabolism in hope that danger will pass—like a possum playing dead, in an extreme case—or the body revs up to power a “fight or flight” response. But when narwhals get caught in fishing nets, surprisingly, they do both. […]

Dec 162017
 
Hunter dies in Germany after wild boar he was trying to shoot attacked him

Police in Germany say a hunter has died after being attacked by a wild boar he was trying to shoot. The 50-year-old man was on a boar hunt with a dozen others near the north-eastern town of Greifswald on Sunday when he was attacked by the male boar. Witnesses reported that he fired off a […]

Dec 142017
 
Trump slashes size of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments in Utah

Donald Trump was widely condemned on Monday for drastically shrinking two national monuments, representing the biggest elimination of public lands protection in US history. The president modified designations for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante in Utah, potentially opening the land to big corporate developers and the oil and gas industry. The move – a repudiation […]