POLL: Should contraband ivory stockpiles be destroyed?

The Obama administration said on Monday it would destroy all 6m tons of its stocks of seized ivory – potentially millions in contraband – stepping up efforts to crush an illegal trade that has brought wild elephants to the brink of extinction. The ivory destruction, announced at a White House event addressed by Hillary and […]

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POLL: Should fracking be banned in the UK?

The RSPB is issuing its first objections to fracking proposals over concerns that the controversial drilling technique will harm wildlife and the climate. The charity has lodged a letter of objection with Lancashire County Council to a proposal by Cuadrilla at Singleton near Blackpool in Lancashire. The drilling site is close to an internationally important […]

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POLL: Should lead ammunition be banned in the US

The Humane Society of the United States estimates that 10 to 20 million animals from more than 130 species die from lead poisoning each year in the United States, including thousands in Massachusetts. These animals suffer silently after ingesting tainted prey, who may have been killed with lead ammunition and discarded or who died of […]

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POLL: Should it be legal to hunt alligators?

Two record-setting heavyweight alligators were killed by hunters in Mississippi this weekend, just three days into the start of the official gator hunting season. One animal, a male, was 13-feet and 6.5-inches (4.13 meters) long and weighed 727 pounds (330 kilograms). “When we finally got an arrow in him, it took us another two hours […]

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POLL: Should bear hunting be banned in the US?

Bear hunters in Maine again find themselves in the sights of animal-welfare advocates who contend that some of their practices are inhumane. Less than 10 years after Maine residents voted down a divisive referendum effort to abolish the use of bear hunting with bait, dogs and traps, the debate has re-emerged. As hunters prepare for […]

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POLL: Should the use of “Neonicotinoid Pesticides” be banned worldwide?

The disappearance of honey bees in the United States is a phenomenon that has many people asking questions. What exactly is going on? This question has been answered by multiple studies that have shed light on the harmful effect pesticides are having on honey bees. More research is showing that bees exposed to common agricultural […]

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POLL: Should the trial cull of badgers go ahead?

Culling badgers is the right thing to do to avoid “appalling consequences” for farmers, cattle and badgers, David Cameron said today. The Prime Minister warned that the Government could spend “another billion pounds” dealing with the consequences of bovine TB, which is partly spread by badgers, if culls not go ahead. He told BBC Radio […]

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POLL: Should the Slaughter of Grouse be allowed to continue?

Today is the “Glorious Twelth”, a day when according to tradition hunting enthusiasts gather on moors in Scotland and the north of England to shoot Grouse. Proponents will tell you that that this is an important British tradition. They will also argue that it is good for Britain’s economy by attracting tourists, providing jobs for […]

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