POLL: Should the Faroe Islands be sanctioned for continuing to slaughter whales?

Whale driving on the Faroe Islands date back to the late 16th century and involve residents herding pods of whales into shallow waters. They are then killed using a ‘spinal lance’ that is inserted through the animal’s neck to break its spinal cord. While locals have been carrying out the annual hunts ahead of the […]

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POLL: Should the keeping of elephants in captivity be banned?

A newly published study in Nature Communications imparts some critical information about how captivity negatively affects the lifespan of elephants. In truth, previous research has already established that elephants in zoos live fewer years than those that roam free. The new ground this study breaks is in looking at the lifespan of elephants that were […]

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POLL: Should crows and foxes be culled to protect ground-nesting birds?

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has been rocked by a furious row over its controversial culling of crows and foxes on its reserves. Outraged members took to social media to say they are resigning over the killings, which are intended to protect the eggs of ground-nesting birds such as curlews. Those complaining […]

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POLL: Should the slaughter of grouse on the “Glorious Twelfth” be banned?

With a the start of the grouse-shooting season on the “Glorious Twelfth”, animal rights groups have a new target in their sights – the Ministry of Defence. The government department is one of many public bodies that are coming under pressure to ban the shooting of birds for sport on their land. The League Against […]

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POLL: Should the Trump administration amend its existing policy on trophy imports?

Thirty-eight severed lion heads have entered the United States as “keepsakes” over the past two years. Despite overwhelming public opposition to trophy hunting, big game hunters have found a complicit ally in the Trump administration, which has been willing to quietly approve requests to bring the corpses of threatened African animals. Earlier this year, the […]

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POLL: Should Arctic cruises be banned to protect wildlife?

There are only about 25,000 polar bears remaining on this planet, and we lost another one late last month. This time it wasn’t because of the lack of ice due to global warming, but it was due to yet another threat created by humans: Arctic tourism. Tragically, the polar bear lost his life for doing […]

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POLL: Should Trump’s administration be allowed to lift the ban on pesticides?

The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama-era ban on the use of pesticides linked to declining bee populations and the cultivation of genetically modified crops in dozens of national wildlife refuges where farming is permitted. Environmentalists, who had sued to bring about the two-year-old ban, said on Friday that lifting the restriction poses a grave […]

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POLL: Should there be an all-out ban on fur imports?

A new report from the UK government calls on retailers to do a better job at identifying what they’re selling. The debate over fur is heating up in the UK. Just a few weeks ago, Parliament argued about whether or not to ban fur imports, a discussion that was triggered by a petition with nearly […]

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POLL: Should more States suspend this cruel and deadly wildlife program?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program uses millions of taxpayer dollars — often to slaughter hundreds of thousands of wild animals every year. Earlier this spring, numbers released from the agency showed it killed a shocking 1.3 million native animals last year alone. Not only is the death toll staggering, its use of […]

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POLL: Should Trump’s border wall be scrapped to protect wildlife populations?

The infamous proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico has been, to put it lightly, controversial. The apple of the Trump administration’s eye, a total barrier between the two countries remains entrenched in the wish list of the U.S. president. But while Donald Trump maintains that it would effectively reduce illegal immigration, critics say […]

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