POLL: Should Japan be sanctioned for continuing the bloody slaughter of dolphins?

Animal rights activists have launched an unprecedented legal challenge to the slaughter of dolphins in Japan, claiming that fishermen are routinely violating animal welfare laws and exceeding government-set quotas. The London-based organisation Action for Dolphins and the Japanese NGO Life Investigation Agency on Wednesday submitted evidence they hope will halt the annual dolphin hunts in […]

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POLL: Should legislation be passed to ban wildlife killing contests?

An undercover investigation has brought to light the disturbing nature of wildlife killing contests in Oregon, but the state could soon make these events a thing of the past. In this case, investigators for The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) went undercover at the weigh-in for the “Young Farmers & Ranchers First Annual […]

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POLL: Should legislation be passed to prohibit the keeping of Orcas in captivity?

Like too many captive orcas before her, Kayla, who was the second oldest born in captivity, never got to experience freedom outside of a small tank. The 30-year-old orca died much too young at SeaWorld Orlando on Jan. 28 after a sudden illness. When Kayla started showing signs of discomfort two days before she died, […]

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Lion Killed After Fatally Mauling Intern at North Carolina Wildlife Facility

As his enclosure was being cleaned by staff at a North Carolina wildlife facility on December 30, a lion named Matthai managed to escape from his locked holding pen. Matthai fatally mauled one of those workers, 22-year-old Alexandra Black. She was an animal husbandry intern who had only been on the job for 10 days. […]

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POLL: Should Malta be allowed to trap and slaughter migratory birds?

Within a day of arriving on the Mediterranean island of Malta on their southbound migration last August, three of 18 white storks were shot and killed by poachers. Less than two weeks later, just one of the birds was left alive. By Aug. 29, 19 days since the flock arrived, all of the birds had […]

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POLL: Should the entire wild boar population of Poland be culled?

Conservationists have branded plans by the Polish government to cull almost the entire wild boar population of the country as “pointless, counterproductive and evil”. In a move to tackle an epidemic of African swine fever, the Polish government has ordered a series of hunts, beginning this weekend, with the aim of killing the vast majority […]

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POLL: Should the eating of roadkill be legalized?

Long the butt of dumb jokes about rural living, eating roadkill is finally having its moment. When I was young, I had the kind of entrepreneurial idea that might only come from the irreverent brain of a quirky, vegan teen: Roadkill fur coats. The biggest shame was in paving through wildlife habitat and driving our […]

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POLL: Should the Osprey be removed from Florida’s endangered list?

Florida wildlife officials have removed the Keys’ population of ospreys from the state’s list of Species of Special Concern after finding statewide numbers are up. Some had wanted the Keys’ birds listed as their own distinct population. The Florida Keys’ ospreys, the fierce fish hawks whose massive nests dot utility poles, channel markers and nesting […]

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